fan makers in Mandalay
Region have temporarily
ceased production during
Buddhist lent as domestic
demand for the traditional
products usually declines in
A few firms from Yekyi village, Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region, can produce the bamboo fans during this monsoon retreat.
The market is normally increases activity again after Buddhist lent, a period of meditation and charitable acts between 8 July and 5 October.
Fans are given as a gifts to attendees of traditional ceremonies, including novitition and other religious ceremonies, including weddings to express gratitutde to hosts.
Bamboo fans are prized over plastic designs for their authenticity. Fan makers in Yekyi Village say production has also slowed due to a recent shortage of bamboo in the region. Bamboo is also used to make food, clothing and crafts.