Inle Lake, Myanmar-- The lotus in both Burma and India is a sacred flower, associated with purity. In Burma, the fragrant lotus legend is that Buddha was offered a set of monk's robes by a Brahma who had found them in a lotus blossom.
Nearly a century ago in a fishing village in Inle Lake, a woman experimented with the fibers she gently pulled from a lotus stem, forming them into thread and weaving thread into lotus items, such as scarves and robes.
|Cloth woven from lotus thread.|
There is no other place where this tradition of lotus fiber weaving occurs. The scarves have a nubby feel and an off-white color. But few of us who grow lotus in South Florida would have the patience required to weave lotus fiber. Or would we?