Inle Lake: Lotus weaving

IMG_2955At Inle Lake, weavers still carry on the unique tradition of weaving with thread created from the stems of the beautiful lotus flower.

The weaving centre that I visited was creating natural coloured weaves relying on the textural interest created by the contrast between the thicker lotus threads and the finer silk.

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Coarser lotus threads inlaid as small motifs:

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Natural lotus threads stand out against a blue silk weft:

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How exactly is thread made from lotus stems?

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To find out, take a look at Inle Lake: Lotus Threads for video and details of how this special thread is created

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