|English||Saunders’ Weaving and Vocational Institute|
Saunders’ Weaving and Vocational Institute is located in Mandalay Division, Sagaing Road, Amarapura Township and has an area of 6.67 acres.
Mr. L. H. Saunders, the judicial commissioner of Upper Burma, found that the business of hand weaving loom was nearly extinct. In 1910, he bought a power loom. By using the power loom technique, good quality, wide breadth products are created and time is saved. Therefore, the power loom became very popular. The Saundar Weaving Institute was established in 1914 at Amarapura to spread the power loom technique. During the Second World War, it was closed, and it reopened in 1946 for short-term training (six months).
According to the 1953 government plan, with the help of the United Nations Organization, three Japanese experts in weaving came and fixed up twenty power looms at the Saunder Weaving Institution and trained the local people. The Saunder Weaving Institution opened an exhibition on nationality clothing, a souvenir shop, and a practical room in 2004. The building is 80 x 40 x 15 feet, the hand loom 191 x 62 feet, and the power loom 115 x 62 x 15 feet. The lecture room is a one-story building.
Saunder Weaving and Vocational Institute was established in 1914 when many weaving scholars emerged in the country. Annual courses start on January 1.
To apply for the regular course, a person must
Students in this course get an allowance of 30,000 kyats each month. Upon completion of the course, they can work at government and private weaving industries.
Other special subjects available for study are:
Students can easily learn from the costumes display, which exhibits a hand weaving loom, a cotton-gin loom, cottons, a shuttle, materials used for natural dyes, fibers, shawls, longyi, socks, and waistband cheikes. At the souvenir shop, lacquerware, hand-weaved baskets of cane and cloth, shawls, and men’s wear made with natural dyes are available for purchase. Trees used for natural dyes are planted on the school’s territory.
|Contact Information (Organization)|
|Address||Mandalay Division, Sagaing Road, Amarapura Township|
|Tel||+9595270428, +9595259964, +9595444006172|