Photo: A sample of Bagan's beautiful traditional lacquerware.


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The main traditional handicraft you’ll come across in Bagan is the very attractive lacquerware, which boasts between eight and 16 coats of lacquer.

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Lacquerware production is centred on Myinkaba village, between Old and New Bagan, where you’ll see a host of workshops and attached retail outlets. The workers are usually more than happy to provide demonstrations of the interesting and hugely time-consuming fabrication methods, since it’ll keep you in the shop longer as well as putting the, at first glance, not cheap prices in perspective. There’s no hard sell at all though and some of the tea-services, trays, plates, vases and soon are superb. If you are tempted, bargain hard (but politely) and note that many of the shops take credit cards.

While these workshops benefit the local families, you could also check out the handicrafts at MBoutik vocational training for girls from underprivileged rural families. They currently provide assistance to more than 1,000 girls, both local and also from Shan and Chin States. Articles in their sales room include baskets, jewellery, bags and scarves. You’re also welcome to have a peek at the on-site workshops out back. This is an excellent place to pick up some souvenirs.

Note that from March 2017 onwards MBoutik will be moving to new premises next to the tourist information office in the centre of New Bagan.

MBoutik: Anawrahta Rd, Nyaung U; T: (095) 616 0358;;


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