Weaving girls of Mandalay

Mandalay has got a long tradition in weaving and textile manufacture.
We couldn’t skip the opportunity to pass by a weaving little factory and sneak a peak.
Our driver stopped in a small lane, the owner of the workshop lazily napping on a chair at the door.

It was lunch break, all the girls were out and the workshop was silent, the woodden looms were quiet and still.
It was slightly dark and dusty inside.

To my delight I was free to wander around the old machines, stare at the colours of the threads, examine the unfinished textiles and their precious embroidery.
You could feel the long hours spent there.

After a while, the workers slowly started to come back inside to work.
One after another, quietly.
A young girl went squatting on the floor to spin new reels; another one went to her loom, and on to work on her yellow shades; the third stooped over her weaving machine, adjusting her eyes to the dim light….

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