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Mandalay weavers to copyright traditional designs

Traditional textile manufacturers are will form a national association to seek an international patent and copyright on Myanma acheik silk designs, an official of a Mandalay-based weaver association said.

Daw Myint Myint Than, vice chair of the Mandalay Textile and Weaving Manufacturers Association, said an organising committee will work on forming the group this year.

“We will form a national association to drive home the message that the origin of Myanma acheik, a traditional fabric, is Myanmar,” she said.

“The group will include of silk houses in Mandalay Palace and in Amarapura township, weavers in Sagaing, and researchers of Myanmar’s traditional textile designs,” she added.

“The association will enforce the copyright for our weaving designs and brands,” Daw Myint Myint Than said.

Silk and acheik designs produced in Amarapura are well-known in Myanmar. There is evidence that acheik designs originated in Myanmar, but some say there were invented in Thailand or India. – Translated

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Source: Myanmar Times

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