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MYANMAR' s design team puts ethics emphasis on shop-fashion in Myanmar
Young Arabian fashion is being used by young design professionals to conserve the country's artistic legacy and transform the sweatshops world. In her Yangon city centre shop, Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw makes her own creations using tradional samples and materials, many from ethnical minorities, to make A-line coats, gowns and thongs.
Secondly, she is adding the high-necked neck of the Ingyi - a narrow top normally used by Myanmar woman, together with a waisted, sarong-like gown - to a coquette gown. "The Burmese really take great pride in their own ethnical and folk clothing," she said to the AFP in the store about the whirl of the stitching mashines.
"If you modernize your traditionally designed clothing, you have to be sure that it is not too conspicuous or too fashionable. "Myanmar is very proud of its traditionally dressed dress, which was largely preserved by the former army jungle from the inflow of homogeneous West fashion that is omnipresent in Southeast Asia today.
They closed the land off from external influence for 50 years and strictly monitored what was carried in all publicity. The designer Ma Pont said she should not even show a lightning bolt on her shoulders or armpits when she produced clothing for military-controlled television stations in the 1990s.
Fashions were particularly political at the time when many females clandestinely asked their dressmakers for drafts that emulated the unmistakable styles of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of the political group. Nowadays, the democratic symbol, who last year de facto led Myanmar's first civil administration in generation, is still hailed for her elegance of Burma's appearance in the country's official performances.
However, while many still favour old-fashioned clothing, especially the sarong-like lunggyi, which is used by both men and woman, fashion is beginning to shift. Yangon's burgeoning urban centre is home to the Yangon mid-range, while on the outskirts of the town, manufacturers produce clothing for global manufacturers attracted by their pools of young, cheaper workers.
It' a downside of the business that shop design specialist Pyone Thet Thet Thet Kyaw has seen first-hand. She worked for month s-a teenage girl in clothing plants on the edge of the trading capitol - a gig that brought her 2,000 Kyat a Week (now valued at $1.46). It was this experiment that led them to open their own boutiques and educate young ladies in the arts of making dresses so that they would never have the same destiny.
"ever fashions and unethics continue, we'll be the ones who suffer. "Myanmar, poor but up-and-coming, is quickly becoming a new turntable for huge clothing manufacturers who produce low-cost clothing for fashion big names like H&M and Primark as quickly as possible. SOMO, the multi-national guard dog, recently issued a warning of "significant risk of labor law abuses in Myanmar's apparel industries that urgently need to be addressed".
Others such as Mo Hom are working to rescue Myanmar's centuries-old textile tradition from the flow of cheaper clothing imports from Thailand and China. Their Yangon shop is full of colorful patterns of silk and wool from Chin and Shan states, where they can be woven by handmade with conventional wood weaves.
A lot of them are colored with ingredients like strawberry and leaf tee to create subtile colors that blend with folk traditions and outlines. "Municipal windmills are dead because there is no longer enough consumer demand," said Mo Hom, who studied and worked as a design engineer in New York before returning to Myanmar in 2012.