Burma has wonderful handicrafts. A popular destination like the teak bridge across the Irrawaddy river in Amarapura is full of shops for tourists: much of it street food and t-shirts. But among them are shops selling wonderful hand-carved wooden objects, like those you see in the featured photo.
One very attractive aspect of these shops is that they seem to be direct sellers. The person who owns the shop sells his own work. This is such a refreshing change; over most of the world there is a whole chain of commerce which claims brings an artist’s work to us. This chain adds no value, but only cost. The past circumstances of Myanmar have forced a change to this system. One hopes that it remains so.
We loved the masks which you can see by clicking on the photo above.