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Monday, April 27, 2015

AtoZBlogChallenge:W is for Weavers


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My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so I looked forward to returning to Southeast Asia. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning a bit about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy some of what I learned and see some of what I saw.

Weavers in Burma use, high grade cotton, silk and lotus to create fabrics.


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Here the girl peels and shreds lotus that will be made into a very fine scarf or skirt. A lotus scarf costs about $35 US. A cotton one about $8. Silk is $25. 

Stripping Away the Outer Lotus Stem


NOW what do you know about this Lotus that's used for weaving?

T/F 1. While the lotus is used for weaving cloth, it's also a sacred plant.

T/F 2. The lotus flower is beautiful, but poisonous.

Answers tomorrow.





41 comments:

  1. The lotus one must require a lot of work then.

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  2. Again you have come up with a splendid post. both with the writing and pictures.
    Yvonne.

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  3. It's such a beautiful form of art. I wonder how long it takes to make a scarf?

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  4. What a beautiful art form. Well worth the dollars to have something handmade.
    Play off the Page

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  5. I love reading about exotic cultures, especially when it comes from an insider :)

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  6. I think both are true but I'm not sure.

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  7. How beautiful. Ooh, I do want to know if the lotus is poisonous. I'm going to guess false, but I don't know!

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  8. Weaving is so beautiful - a childhood friend's mom used to have a hand-loom and it was really cool to see her artistry take shape when I was a kid - it was like something magical.
    And I'm going to go with T on both T/F, today. :)
    Thanks for sharing, C. Lee!

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  9. I've always been interesting in weaving. Some of them are so beautiful. I didn't know you could weave with lotus.

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  10. I didn't know lotus could be used to make fabric. How neat!

    Lets see...sacred plant?...true...poisonous?...false.

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  11. it is amazing what can be made out of natural produce...
    as to the questions - I'd answer yes to both :)

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  12. Weaving is such a beautiful art. I hadn't realized the lotus flower could be woven.

    As for the quiz, I'm going with True for it being a sacred plant, totally basing this off of a cartoon, Avatar: The Last Airbender. As for being poisonous, I don't know. Hmmm...

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  13. Fascinating. it is nice to know that this craft is still done.

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  14. That is cool. (But I'll stick with knitting ^_~)

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  15. So interesting. I'm sure the clothing is colorful and airy!

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  16. I would buy one of their scarves and skirts in a second! They use the old tried and true method which is great. I will say false to the first (I was going to say true...ughh I will find out tomorrow) since they love the Lotus but I don;t think it's sacred but I believe the lotus is poisonous. Watch it will be the leaves not the flower that is poisonous:)

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  17. Both true, I think. Never knew lotus was used to make clothing.

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  18. Wow, those are really beautiful. I didn't know lotus could be used that way.

    Are they open to bargaining in Burma, or were prices set?

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  19. I love handmade woven stuff! When my dad was older he got into it bigtime and made some very pretty rugs and wall hangings.

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  20. Weaving is beautiful... looks like a complex process.

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  21. Lotus!!!! For weaving, wow! I know bamboo can be used for cloth, but I can't imagine anyone handstripping a bamboo plant for fibers. I know lotus is edible, because I've eaten lotus root, and it'd delicious too. Sometimes they sell the roots around New Year, but it's not usually easy to get, even in Hawaii. Or at least not on Maui.

    I was intrigued w/ the video - so she's spinning, right? I wonder if it's any lotus or just certain varieties. We also have a waterlily farm a few miles down the road, I've never thought of trying to shred the fibers of the stem. Hmmm. Naaah.. I have too many other projects to do!
    Maui Jungalow

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  22. I'm sure these are quite stunning when all finished! :)

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  23. OK, I looked this one up. Lotus is edible, the flowers (instead of cabbage rolls I'm thinking of lotus rolls - how exotic is that!), the stems and the roots. Stems contain a fiber that is used for weaving but only in Myanmar. Wow, I'm learning something new every day.
    Evalina, This and that...

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  24. I didn't know Lotus could be used this way! How cool, and I liked the short clip. What bright colors... Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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  25. I don't think it's poisonous, I do think it's magical. Isn't there a legend about the Lotus Eaters? Never knew it could be used for clothes though.

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  26. Fascinating to think that a piece of clothing can come from a flower!

    Elizabeth Mueller
    AtoZ 2015
    My Little Pony

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  27. I've heard of the lotus flower but had no idea they made clothes with it. Interesting. It's so neat to learn about other countries.

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  28. Hi Lee - gosh it must take them forever to strip the lotus flower ... and Lotus Flowers are special - whether it's poisonous or not .. I'm unsure. Could possibly be ... cheers Hilary

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  29. I never knew lotus was used for weaving... sounds like it would fit right in a story :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  30. Their clothes probably last years longer than ours!

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  31. No wonder the lotus scarf costs more than the cotton or silk--the bigger surprise is that it doesn't cost way, way more. I hadn't realized that the lotus flowers are poisonous. I guess that poem, The Lotus Eaters, made me think the flowers were some type of opiate. Very interesting, as usual!

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  33. What an amazing flower!! I never knew it was used in weaving.

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  34. Interesting to see how this type of clothing is made. True and false.

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  35. very informative.. was not aware that our very own national Flower lotus is used for weaving too other then being offered at Almighty's feet.

    http://serendipityofdreams.blogspot.in/

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  36. How very interesting. I love it when I learn something new.

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  37. Love the look of the Lotus flower (if I'm thinking of the right flower - lol) but didn't know it was poisonous.

    shahwharton.com

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  38. I had no idea about the Lotus being used in weaving or that it was more expensive than silk. I keep learning things here :)
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  39. I love this post! My ancestors were weavers in Scotland, so I felt as though I was seeing a little glimpse of ancient family history.

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  40. I'm going to go with poisonous...isn't it the lotus that puts people in deep sleeps?

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