Inle Lake-Day 2

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February 1st 2016
Published: April 24th 2016
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Day 22-Monday-February 1 Buckle-up…this will be a wild day! We awoke this morning with our room not any warmer. Doug called the front desk and asked about the heater problem. He was told the units in each bungalow were only air conditioning and not heaters…oh well. So, as it does get warm here in the daytime, we’ll turn our units off when we return from our excursions in the afternoon to pre... Read Full Entry

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Almost readyAlmost ready
Almost ready

Our papermaker is ready to peel a sheet off of her screen from the corner.
Finished productFinished product
Finished product

Ye Min holds up a sheet of Shan paper that has just been created. This sheet has rose petals includes in it.
Padaung womanPadaung woman
Padaung woman

She was very nice and smiled for this shot as she was making her way back to the porch where we met earlier.
Umbrella makerUmbrella maker
Umbrella maker

This lady sits on a piece of cardboard on the floor in their studio making umbrellas by hand.
Lots of detailLots of detail
Lots of detail

You can see all of the parts she needs to create a finished umbrella, like all of the spokes, paper, paint, and glue.
Making the handlesMaking the handles
Making the handles

This man is working in the same room on his primitive lathe creating the handles for each of the handmade umbrellas.
Ye Min having funYe Min having fun
Ye Min having fun

Ye Min spinning an umbrella while having a laugh.

Some of their finished umbrella at a time.
One final shotOne final shot
One final shot

Our Padaung ladies as we are departing for our next stop.
Water with a styleWater with a style
Water with a style

Colorful water pots

We got a demonstration on how they create an almost pure silver for making their jewelry. The man on the right is stoking his bellows to melt the raw ore into a more refined product.

This young man is working on creating a piece of silver jewelry.

A stop where we will see hand weaving at work.
Creating lotus fabricCreating lotus fabric
Creating lotus fabric

This young woman is cutting lotus stems and carefully pulling the fiber out of the stem.
Lotus fiberLotus fiber
Lotus fiber

As she cuts the stem, she carefully pulls the end away and stretches the fiber. She then lays the stretched fiber on her small table with the other fiber. They are then rolled together and later spun into thread. This is a very labor-intensive process and the final products made from lotus are very expensive!
Spinning wheelsSpinning wheels
Spinning wheels

Women sit on the floor operating their spinning wheels.
Spinning awaySpinning away
Spinning away

This older woman smiles as she sits on the floor and runs her spinning wheel.

These young women operate their looms making the cotton or silk products.
Nice hat!Nice hat!
Nice hat!

The always color coordinated Annette.
Sea gullsSea gulls
Sea gulls

Looks like home! Lots of sea gulls perched on this wooden and bamboo fence and in the water.
A new bridgeA new bridge
A new bridge

A man in the process of building a new bridge over the canal.

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