Traditional Myanmar Shoulder Bag
The shoulder bag is one of the many products that attract the attention of tourists visiting the country. In the domestic market, the largest number of users of shoulder bags is, and has always been, students for carrying their books and papers, said a Thabyayyoe village bag manufacturer.
“The traditional product is less popular in big cities. People in urban areas mostly prefer imported bags. However, in small towns and countryside, the tradition of using the shoulder bag is maintained.”
The colourful bags are woven on small hand looms operated using cotton or wool. A firm normally has 15 looms. A loom can produce 15 wool bags. A worker can make between two or three bags a day.
According to the bag producers, the market is very active before and beginning of schooling period starting from June. In the remaining months, the market is in the normal condition. The price of bag is based on size and design. The good quality bag is worth Ks6,000 the most this season.