Maung Aung Myin, Lacquerware Artist

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERALong time ago Maung Aung Myin had just a simple guesthouse for making money. Then there were too less tourists coming to Burma to buy traditional lacquerware. Now, with the opening of the country everything changes. Also for Maung Aung Myin. He remembers his wonderful heritage: 6 generations of his family are working in lacquerware and know everything about it.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAToday he sells his products to clients all over the world. In the room behind the shop are the real treasures: Lacquerware furniture which goes to Switzerland, Singapore, Spain. Sometimes one commode costs 15.000 US-Dollar.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA“Small items, like bowls, need 14 layers, big ones 22 to 25 layers”, he explains. “Bamboo material we use for round shapes, teak wood for rectangle and square shapes.” Maung Aung Myin explains the production process.

“We need 14 to 16 different stages to finish one product.” The annual production of small bowls is about 300 pieces, the furniture pieces we can finish only one per year. “This is so much work.” He steps down in the cellar. Drying in the humid cellar is better than in the sun. “Every layer has to dry for about 3-5 days.” He employs a bunch of women and men. “Depend on their skills, the average salary per day is about 5 US-Dollar.”

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