Myanmar’s traditional stone
sculpture industry is faced with a
scarcity of raw materials and labourers,
resulting in an inability
to meet demand.
Stone sculpture products such as kitchenware and decorated stone veneer produced from Khattakan Myauk village in Monywa Township are sent to Monywa, Yangon, Mandalay, Meiktila, Nay Pyi Taw, Nyaunglebin, Pakokku, Kyungyangon, Kyaiklat, Pyay, Bago, Hinthada, Nyaungdon and Sagaing.
The stones used in stone sculpturing are extracted from the Phoekhaung mountain ranges in the Bawditahtaung Thar precinct.
Stone sculpture is the pride of this village and residents are maintaining the traditional crafts of sculpting. The traditional sculpture techniques are passed down from generation to generation. Some have recently upgraded to commercial scale, said a sculptor.
There are around 10 businessmen in the village engaged in the sculpture business on a commercial scale, while others are sculpting on a manageable scale. Villagers who were financially doing well shifted to other businesses, resulting in a scarcity of labourers. With the shortage of raw materials and labourers, it has become difficult to meet the demand.