Vol.5 Inlay Lake, Myanmar | ミャンマー・インレー湖

Asia | アジア,Myanmar | ミャンマー



Myanmar is the land of textiles.
On the scenic Inle Lake, tens of thousands of people lived on the lake. They built wooden houses on stilts on the water, farmed on floating islands, fished, and came and went by boat.When I was a child, I had a real fantasy that the road was a waterway and I wanted to row a boat to school.

I asked my Myanmar friend, Ei, to charter a boat for me and we went to the tourist spots on the water.Temples, restaurants, souvenir shops, schools, all on the water. I had never seen anything like it.

蓮の織物 Lotus fabric


Inle Lake is famous for its lotus weaving and we visited a weaving studio. Lotus fabric is breathable, lightweight, durable, and expensive. Monks’ robes are also made of lotus cloth, and they are made with an offering.


An elderly woman had come to work in the weaving studio, and as we watched, she wandered off to take a nap, perhaps tired. This was a bit of an eye-opener for me. The history of textile factories had been strongly associated with Japan’s “Onna Koukou Aishi" (sad history of women weavers), the technical internship system, and the collapse of the building in Pakistan. I sincerely wished I could use the cloth made by the ladies taking a nap, chatting, and relaxing, if it is made with such a lot of time and effort.


While Ei explained to us, we bought some cloths. The yellow wavy lines are Burmese, the black vertical pattern is Kachin, the blue purple is Arakai, and the orange is Shan. Ai, a city girl, said that she sometimes wears tailored clothes made of other ethnic fabrics, and that Japanese kimono-patterned longies were also popular.