The Myanmar Times
Sunday, 29 March 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Pulling the strings to save an ancient art

An exhibition now under way in Yangon could hold the key to a revival of one of the country’s most celebrated traditional crafts: puppet making. The “From Craft to Art” expo, which has been running from March 21 until today, showcases the dancing puppets built by puppet-maker Ko Aung Htike Soe, and his masters.

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Art Festival comes full Circle

Dazzled  commuters happily lent their ears, and eyes, to an unlooked-for display of theatrical fireworks on the normally staid Yangon circle line on March 22. “I haven’t seen such a big show in my life, especially here,” said 28-year-old Ko Thein Soe. “I didn’t think they could do this on the train.”

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Celebrated art festival draws to a close

The Yangon Art and Heritage Festival, My Yangon, My Home, concluded on March 22 with an evening of performance art at the British Club led by former political prisoner and artist Htein Lin.

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Rescuing tradition from the threat of machines

Once  relied upon as an essential source of income by communities across the country, traditional crafts like hand-weaving have been dying out over the past decade as manually operated looms have been increasingly replaced by machines.

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A 3D picture of the future

Need a copy of your wedding ring, a new name tag for the dog or a spare part for the washing machine? Just print it. That’s the message at the CeBIT IT fair in Germany.

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Tokyo men stay one step ahead in style

Feminine glamour may turn the most heads at fashion weeks in New York or Paris, but in Tokyo it is the style-conscious men who set the sartorial trends.

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Filipina maid captures dreams through photography

From her poverty-stricken roots in a Philippine backwater, via domestic service in Hong Kong to acclaim in New York, Xyza Cruz Bacani’s inspirational journey started with a camera bought with borrowed money.

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Watch your mouth

Tom Hanks mouthing along to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” is far from an anomaly, as Winona Ryder, Chevy Chase and Daniel Radcliffe have proved.

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Traditional crafts get a contemporary twist

An exhibition of contemporary crafts, titled “From Craft to Art”, will be held at Goethe Villa from March 21 to 25.

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From drunken hobo to Buddhist monk

You probably haven’t heard of Laurence Carroll, the free-thinking, alcoholic Irish hobo born in Dublin in the 1800s, who travelled across the globe to Myanmar, gave up drinking, shaved his head and became the world’s first Western Buddhist monk.

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