Process of Lotus Weaving
Lotus stems are first cut into manageable sections by hand and a knife on a small wooden table before being stored, twisted and pulled to reveal a web of thin filaments. The fibers after being extracted are rolled together to form the long, fine threads an then it will be immersed into the water to moisturize.
This first stage is also the most important step that requires a high level of patience and skill.
In the second stage, another weaver spins and weave the raw using a hand-turned wheel, turns the lotus silk into a spool. The original lotus thread has creamy color. Then, in order to dye the fabric into different colors, the weaver uses natural materials such as tree barks, seeds, jackfruit, and lotus leaves.
Afterward, the raw lotus threads are transferred to the final stage. The weavers then use an old hand loom to make it into the product.
The whole process takes enormous intensive from weavers. After complex stages, weavers create beautiful lotus fabric with intricate designs. Unsurprisingly, the finest lotus products in Inle Lake are among one of the most precious textile products in the world.