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The Makers

Pin Ei Nwe, is one of the busiest women in Myothit!  She is the mother of 3 young children and her family has a community rice grinding business.  Pin also runs a thread shop out of her home were she sells to all the weavers of Myothit, she also teaches weaving to people who want to learn, and has been designing a line of shoulder bags for Mro society which are super popular! And she has now taken on the supervisor role for all the weavers in the area.

Pin Ei Nwe, is one of the busiest women in Myothit!  She is the mother of 3 young children and her family has a community rice grinding business.  Pin also runs a thread shop out of her home were she sells to all the weavers of Myothit, she also teaches weaving to people who want to learn, and has been designing a line of shoulder bags for Mro society which are super popular! And she has now taken on the supervisor role for all the weavers in the area.

Hla Nu Sein, lives in Lanmadow a small sleepy village an hour and a half drive from Mrauk U.  Hla Nu Sein is an extremely busy women, she has 3 children, she weaves and she farms.  She has a seasonal job working in the fields planting and picking rice.  Hla Nu Sein has been weaving since she was young girl and is known in Mro Society as a master of her craft.  Her weaving have sold in many stores and galleries in Yangon.  

Hla Nu Sein, lives in Lanmadow a small sleepy village an hour and a half drive from Mrauk U.  Hla Nu Sein is an extremely busy women, she has 3 children, she weaves and she farms.  She has a seasonal job working in the fields planting and picking rice.  Hla Nu Sein has been weaving since she was young girl and is known in Mro Society as a master of her craft.  Her weaving have sold in many stores and galleries in Yangon.

 

Ma Nie Oo is a beautiful woman from Weaver Island, her favorite color is turquoise, and she exhibits a deep regard and a solemn consideration for others. Widowed too early, she has raised her three daughters to adulthood. Her eldest two, like many in her area, have moved to Thailand where opportunities seem to shine brighter. Ma Nie Oo remains on Weaver Island, where her front gate is the closest to the river, she lives with her youngest, Khine Than Nwe. Together they weave commissioned pieces for the shops in Yangon, and run the kind of daycare which just happens, when your presence and being are magnets for children.  

Ma Nie Oo is a beautiful woman from Weaver Island, her favorite color is turquoise, and she exhibits a deep regard and a solemn consideration for others. Widowed too early, she has raised her three daughters to adulthood. Her eldest two, like many in her area, have moved to Thailand where opportunities seem to shine brighter. Ma Nie Oo remains on Weaver Island, where her front gate is the closest to the river, she lives with her youngest, Khine Than Nwe. Together they weave commissioned pieces for the shops in Yangon, and run the kind of daycare which just happens, when your presence and being are magnets for children.

 

Ma Moe is one of the most prolific weavers in Mrauk U. She lives in the Myothit Quarter of Mrauk U on the paved road which heads to the Army Base. Her husband Kyaw Thein and their daughter Khine Thein run a pharmacy that is attached to their home and located just a few doors past the intersection with Aung Mingalar. It’s about the busiest part of Myothit and everyday Ma Moe sits at her loom at their front window and weaves all day. She receives many visitors over the course a day, though she rarely stops weaving, she has an unparalleled dedication to her craft. Her family is also very devoted to the preservation of Mro cultural heritage and Ma Moe is often busy making traditional Mro clothing.

Ma Moe is one of the most prolific weavers in Mrauk U. She lives in the Myothit Quarter of Mrauk U on the paved road which heads to the Army Base. Her husband Kyaw Thein and their daughter Khine Thein run a pharmacy that is attached to their home and located just a few doors past the intersection with Aung Mingalar. It’s about the busiest part of Myothit and everyday Ma Moe sits at her loom at their front window and weaves all day. She receives many visitors over the course a day, though she rarely stops weaving, she has an unparalleled dedication to her craft. Her family is also very devoted to the preservation of Mro cultural heritage and Ma Moe is often busy making traditional Mro clothing.

Sein Nyo Khine was born an entrepreneur and has been working in the craft industry since she was young.  She works with many weavers and helps to make their warps, and with jewelry makers to help them sell within the Mro community.  She also collects weaving from 5 villages which she send to Yangon to be sold at a fair price.  She lives in Kyauktaw but is originally from a small village 4 hours away in the mountains (with 2 hours of walking), she still visits there often to wildcraft materials for making natural dye!

Sein Nyo Khine was born an entrepreneur and has been working in the craft industry since she was young.  She works with many weavers and helps to make their warps, and with jewelry makers to help them sell within the Mro community.  She also collects weaving from 5 villages which she send to Yangon to be sold at a fair price.  She lives in Kyauktaw but is originally from a small village 4 hours away in the mountains (with 2 hours of walking), she still visits there often to wildcraft materials for making natural dye!

Ma Khine Oo is fast becoming Yangon’s only rockstar backstrap loom weaver. One of the very few Mro weavers in Yangon, she lives on the edge of town in a very small Mro settlement with her daughter. Ma Khine Oo, originally from Lanmadaw in Rakhine State, moved to the capital a half decade ago to work in the booming garment sector. Even though factory work was very demanding, Ma Khine Oo made time to weave and to pass on her skills to her daughter. Living so close to Bogyoke Market she is one of the rare weavers who is able to sell directly to retailers, with no middleman, she was able shop her weavings around and get the best prices. Her proximity, her speed, and her skill have since made her the goto weaver for Yangon commissions. As her reputation has grown, she has been able to garner higher prices, to retire from the garment factory, and to become a full-time weaver. We introduced her to ChuChu this summer and have ever since been continually amazed by their collaborative productions of woven recycled plastic bags and rugs.

Ma Khine Oo is fast becoming Yangon’s only rockstar backstrap loom weaver. One of the very few Mro weavers in Yangon, she lives on the edge of town in a very small Mro settlement with her daughter. Ma Khine Oo, originally from Lanmadaw in Rakhine State, moved to the capital a half decade ago to work in the booming garment sector. Even though factory work was very demanding, Ma Khine Oo made time to weave and to pass on her skills to her daughter. Living so close to Bogyoke Market she is one of the rare weavers who is able to sell directly to retailers, with no middleman, she was able shop her weavings around and get the best prices. Her proximity, her speed, and her skill have since made her the goto weaver for Yangon commissions. As her reputation has grown, she has been able to garner higher prices, to retire from the garment factory, and to become a full-time weaver. We introduced her to ChuChu this summer and have ever since been continually amazed by their collaborative productions of woven recycled plastic bags and rugs.

Thin Myat Soe, the amazing Thin Thin is a designer on the rise in the new Yangon fashion scene. Her roots go deep in the city and her memory is long but Thin Thin is a modern woman and always on the lookout for what’s new. She is a graduate of Yangon University, and a young mom, who lives atop her mother-in-law’s dress making shop in the hippest part of Yangon’s downtown. Thin Thin is a perfectionist so it’s no surprise that she has emerged as an in demand bag designer and we look forward to the launch of her own clothing line.

Thin Myat Soe, the amazing Thin Thin is a designer on the rise in the new Yangon fashion scene. Her roots go deep in the city and her memory is long but Thin Thin is a modern woman and always on the lookout for what’s new. She is a graduate of Yangon University, and a young mom, who lives atop her mother-in-law’s dress making shop in the hippest part of Yangon’s downtown.

Thin Thin is a perfectionist so it’s no surprise that she has emerged as an in demand bag designer and we look forward to the launch of her own clothing line.

Ma Khine Nyint runs a bustling seamstress shop in the Myothit quarter of Mrauk U. Everyday she wears a beaming smile and an impeccable outfit. Khine Nyint has a strong work ethic and a very close relationship with her employees, the three other seamstresses, who produce custom womenswear and tailored womenswear from catalogues. Refreshingly, it is still common for Burmese people of all classes to purchase tailored and custom garments. Khine Nyint’s shop is a local leader in producing this country’s iconic, form-fitting, coordinated outfits which are perpetually in vogue.

Ma Khine Nyint runs a bustling seamstress shop in the Myothit quarter of Mrauk U. Everyday she wears a beaming smile and an impeccable outfit. Khine Nyint has a strong work ethic and a very close relationship with her employees, the three other seamstresses, who produce custom womenswear and tailored womenswear from catalogues. Refreshingly, it is still common for Burmese people of all classes to purchase tailored and custom garments. Khine Nyint’s shop is a local leader in producing this country’s iconic, form-fitting, coordinated outfits which are perpetually in vogue.

Khine Ma Pyu, it is not possible to summarize Khine Ma Pyu. She might be sharp as a tack, busy as a bee, strong as an ox, and funny as hell but there are no clichés which can hold her —Khine Ma Pyu is a force of nature. Constantly in motion Pyu loves to laugh, to dance, to sing, to freestyle; she walks fast, and shops shrewdly. She holds legendary dinner parties at the river’s edge home she shares with her husband, their three teenage daughters, a flock of chickens, and a pair of dogs. You get to their home by way of a floating bridge made with amazingly thick and broad palm petioles  (the stalk that joins a leaf to a stem), once there, Pyu might offer you some salty palm fruit leather or maybe she’ll take her machete into the river to hack off some fresh palm fruit. With Craft Talk, Khine Ma Pyu works as a weaving prototype developer, as she’s a quick study, a weaving machine, and a natural communicator.

Khine Ma Pyu, it is not possible to summarize Khine Ma Pyu. She might be sharp as a tack, busy as a bee, strong as an ox, and funny as hell but there are no clichés which can hold her —Khine Ma Pyu is a force of nature. Constantly in motion Pyu loves to laugh, to dance, to sing, to freestyle; she walks fast, and shops shrewdly. She holds legendary dinner parties at the river’s edge home she shares with her husband, their three teenage daughters, a flock of chickens, and a pair of dogs. You get to their home by way of a floating bridge made with amazingly thick and broad palm petioles  (the stalk that joins a leaf to a stem), once there, Pyu might offer you some salty palm fruit leather or maybe she’ll take her machete into the river to hack off some fresh palm fruit. With Craft Talk, Khine Ma Pyu works as a weaving prototype developer, as she’s a quick study, a weaving machine, and a natural communicator.