Inle Lake, Myanmar

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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?