Activities Inside Loikaw
Loikaw Weaving Center and natural dying path tour

This tour takes you around the organic garden of the weaving center to discover and experience the process of natural dyeing and learn about traditional weaving.

Introduction to the “Natural dyeing path” in Loikaw Weaving and Vocational Training Center: This pilot initiative is managed by the Loikaw weaving and vocational training center, with close support of the International Trade Center (ITC), which aims – through the benefits from the tour – at improving the learning environment of young trainees and at enriching your experience in Kayah State.

Departures: The tour can depart any day of the week with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 people. The tour can be adapted to suit tourists’ requirements.

Price: US$ 3 / person (1 hour). The price includes a cup of local tea, the visit to the center and its organic garden, and a chance to practice natural dyeing, with hands-on guidance and explanations by a master in natural dyeing techniques.

Itinerary: A master trainer from the weaving center will take you for about one hour around the weaving center’s garden to discover and experience natural dyeing. The visit includes:
A walk in a local organic garden with the opportunity to discover the origin of the natural colours of the traditional Kayah longyi;
You will personally experience and practice the steps of natural dyeing;
A tour of the workshop where young trainees are learning the different techniques of weaving the traditional Kayah longyi;
A visit to the local shop where you can browse / buy handmade products.

How this activity makes a difference: The benefits of both the tour and your potential purchase of end products are equally shared to improve the learning environment and buy materials for the trainees from vulnerable families, as well as to create a Trainee Start-Up Fund to support trainees in the first steps of their professional career (e.g. purchase of materials and machines). By visiting the weaving center, where tourists are usually not likely to go, this tour helps with:
Building professional skills of young local guides (partners of the project);
Raising incomes and stimulating investments in the weaving center;
Raising the level of quality of life for the trainees of the weaving center;
Raising the importance of natural dyeing techniques for young trainees;
Creating a Trainee Start-Up Fund;
Raising self-esteem and appreciation of the trainees.

Contacts
Mrs. Daw Aye Han – 092 5235 7792 Mr. U Aung Pe Thein Aye – 093 609 4222

NB: Local, Loikaw tour operators can book this tour for a 10% service charge.

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