In Myanmar,marble is called Sagyin,which derives from Sagyin hill.Originally Sagyin is the name of the village in Madaya Township,21 miles to the north of Mandalay.The marble blocks obtained from this mountain are carefully carved into Buddha images of different styles and send to Buddhist monasteries all around Myanmar.
Bronze casting, one of the Myanmar traditional crafts, has been used for many centuries. Bronze casters mostly work in the Tempawadi Quarter of Amarapura Township, Mandalay. They used lost wax method for casting. Items made are religious statues, bells, gongs, triangular gongs, cymbals and various household items.
Lacquerware, one of the unique products of Myanmar, has been used in the royal palaces, the religious buildings and homes of the local people, since 11th century Bagan. The Lacquer Sap is obtained from the Melanhorrea Usitata tree found in the cool regions. All materials used are organic, even now. For the frame of object is mostly made of bamboo or wood or horse hair.
Myanmar Lacquerware traditionally depicts stories of Buddha’s life on the surface of object using intricate design etched in gold leaf and pigment of various color. It is a long, slow and highly skilled process. Bagan is especially well-known for its lacquerware production.
Marionettes performances are a form of entertainment to delight both young and old people, puppets are controlled by strings that are manipulated from above. Performances are based on stories from the Jataka. (the history of Buddha)
Myanmar’s wood carving emerged before the Bagan peroid and subsequently improved in the middle of the Bagan Era. Many ancient Myanmar palaces and monasteries are made of teak. Woodcarvers have handed down their high skills to their sons and grandsons.
The modern craftsmen usually apply the tools and techniques of their forefathers. Wooden sculptures, panels and other decorative materials are available in our shop.