Inle Lake: Lotus Threads

IMG_2872At a weaving centre perched on stilts over the waters of Inle Lake, I saw the painstaking work involved in making lotus thread, traditionally used for monks’ robes.

After scoring the outside of the lotus stems with a knife, the stems are broken and pulled apart a short distance, twisted to join the strands that develop…


…joined to the previously made segment…



…stretched along a board…


IMG_2875...and rolled:


This process is repeated countless thousands of times. A metre of fabric can require the stems of 6000 lotus flowers.

The lotus thread is coiled loosely in a pot to dry…


and reeled into a skein:


To see the fabrics woven with this unique thread, see Inle Lake: Lotus Weaving

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