Myanmar's trafficking in capillaries
It is an important resource for the supply of the world' s leading manufacturers of natural and artificial fibres for the production of women' s and men' s hair, which feeds the worldwide market for periwigs, looms and lengthening sheaves. "Aye Aye Thein said, "Myanmar is the smoothest and most coveted coat in Asia," whose coat is between those of a grocer and a betelnut vendor. 87.4 million dollars in 2016, with Myanmar being the third biggest exporting economy after India and Tunisia.
Myanmar has a holy hair: The gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most holy places in the Buddhaist land, is said to be constructed on Buddha's shag. It is also customary for a woman to trim her own ends to make ends meet and, during the New Year' s celebration, when some woman and girl become a nun for a brief period and remove their own ends, an utter victim, a break away from all distraction.
A large part of this type of hairdryer goes to China, where it is worked up and distributed to hairdressers in the West. However, as Myanmar becomes increasingly rich and opens up after many years of armed conflict, there are concerns that fewer wives will be willing to part with their castles. "and I said, "Look at that head of hairdryer! It' really nice,' she said, pointing to a thick barrette in the back of her hand.
" Hairs' prices depend on the quantity and density in "viss", a typical Myanmar measure of about 1½ kg. Aye Aye Thein appreciates the cost of the coat for its feeling and a basic scraping of the bunch with an open scissors to test for strength and suppleness.
She puts the hairdryer on the scale and weighs it with small pieces before giving a bundle of moneys. The majority of trades vary from 15,000 kyats ($11) to over 200,000 kyats ($150) for 10 inch and over. In Myanmar, where the daily salary is at least 3,600 kyats ($2.70), this is high.
As a rule, the highest priced products come from ossicle-length females, whose curls can be split into many bunches that can be purchased separately. There are occassional men who wax their own coat to resell it, but it is not usual - although shoppers do not distinguish between masculine and feminine one. People in Myanmar said China is the largest importers of Myanmar fur.
On a shopping spree to Myanmar, a China purchaser from Gungzhou, who refused to mention his name, said: "I will then be selling this strand of wigs or extensions to manufacturers at home. "Purchasers in the Insein store say that the reason why a woman wants to lose her barbery is different. A 21-year-old female Phyu Phyu said she wanted to lose her coat "because it's too warm to have long one.
" With the $45 she made for her long dark castles, she says she will rescue some, buy dresses with some and give the remainder to the Buddhist friars who make their way through town every day to raise charity. Haar trafficking is considered a dependable source of revenue in insecure periods in the west of Rakhine, Myanmar's second impoverished state torn apart by municipal brutality.
17 years ago in Sittwe, the state capitol, Mr. Yu Swe joined the hairdryer business: According to the retailers, "The Secret Live of Hair" has always depended on a mix of impoverished girls who sold their hairdos and sacred give. "Myanmar contains many long-haired females impoverished enough to be able to buy their own hairdos," she said.
Thingyan, the Buddha School New Year, which usually takes place in April, many females and females trim their locks of haired head and become Nuns for about 10 nights. "Cutting your head reminding us that[Hair] really has no meaning or value. "She said we don't need hair."
Mai Thet Chayay, 12, shaves her head after a brief while as a buddhistic nun. Merchants in Yangon and Mandalay, a town in northern Myanmar where the grading of human and animal fur is a big deal, fear that demands will exceed supplies. "I used to be able to get my own collection from urban girls, but now I have to buy more from Bangladesh and other places to blend with Myanmar's hair," said Htay Win, a Mandalay based hairdryer who has been in the trade for seven years.
He is optimistic that the boom in the industry will continue, even though he is worried about the lack of good condition. "It' s getting more and more difficult to buy 50 inch long enough due to the fact that men are now deciding to shorten their cuts. "He added that the search for virginal or raw algae is becoming increasingly difficult.
"Now, females are dying their hairdos, which affects the prize. "Htay Win also gathers small quantities of honeycomb hairb and wisps. The mish-mash is not as precious as chopped stranded coat because it needs to be unravelled, brushing, washed, dry, conditioning and rebrushed until it is shiny. According to Tarlo, retailers in India and China, the two major centres for the treatment of hairdryers, are also afraid that stocks will dry out.
However, she added that given the closeness to the two and Myanmar's comparative level of poverage, trafficking will not break down so soon. But " if you look at the historic springs, you can see that even in the nineteenth centuary hairdos complained again and again that the supply of hairdos became scarce.