Family run micr0-factories abound on Inle Lake: As part of the tourist tribe, we were fortunate to visit some and see the people at work while having the techniques demonstrated and explained.
Umbrella making: The paper is made from pulp of mulberry bark and decorated with flower petals. The red or brown umbrellas are for monks.
Cigar (cheroot) making:
Weaving – saw an amazing demonstration of extracting thread from the stem of lotus plants which is later woven into fabric – usually as a design with silk, as it is extremely expensive. Unlike most weaving where different colored thread is woven to create the design, at this particular workshop, the thread is tie-died first and then woven into the design.
Boat builders – hand planing and building both long boats and canoes from teak.
Blacksmiths and silversmiths.
Tomato crate maker and distribution center:
Floating farms that grow tomatoes, beans, squash and more. The tomatoes are exported all over the country.