Loikaw has some interesting souvenirs. Several souvenir shops sell a colourful range of bags and clothes, handmade from Kayah and Karen woven textiles. Many of these textiles are woven on traditional, backstrap looms. Look for textiles with an embroidered Frog Drum, a symbol of Kayah, which you will see woven into shoulder bags and shirts. Another popular souvenir are lacquered Kayah wine cups, woven from bamboo.
- Loikaw Souvenir (Tel: 08321957, 095600125)
- Ngwe Daung Pyi Souvenirs (Tel: 083 22825)
- Shwe Nan Thisar Souvenirs (Tel: 083 21193, 095600115)
Carving Buddha Statues, and Depictions of Local Kayah Legends
wood carvings 20 years ago in Mandalay. He has a workshop at the back of Myo Nan Pagodo, near to Moe Bye bus terminal, Loikaw. He is well known for carving Buddha statues, and depictions of local Kayah legends.(Note Buddha statues should be kept in raised areas, and should not be used as common decorative objects).
Loikaw’s bustling Thiri Mingalar market
A Good Place To Look For Handicrafts
- Unique Bamboo Basket
- ceramics, long drums and other fun finds
Another good place to look for handicrafts is Loikaw’s bustling Thiri Mingalar market, and surrounding streets. Here, you can find some very well made bamboo baskets, which are often unique items, with intricate designs. There are also some interesting ceramics, long drums and other fun finds. Finally, if you leave your shopping until the last minute, there is a small souvenir shop at Loikaw Airport, which also has some nice souvenirs (e.g. weavings, clothes and photos).