Myanmar’s textile heritage is rich and diverse, and although it has been influenced by neighbouring countries, it carries distinctive traditions within its vast variety of designs and patterns. Textiles serve as a representation of the culture and identity of different ethnic groups across the country. Mandalay’s artisans are known for producing acheik weavings, an intricate technique that requires exceptional skills and patience. The lotus weaving around Inle Lake produces a rare and unique product with a fascinating process. The backstrap woven patterns of Chin State tell mythical stories passed across generations. The sale of textiles to both domestic and international markets allows various ethnic minority groups to maintain their weaving traditions.
Turquoise Mountain has undertaken significant research in this sector and has begun work developing both fashion and homeware products in collaboration with international designers.