Paduang Lady – Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

we took a boat trip around magnificent Inle lake in Burma, and stopped at a house on stilts where a group of Paduang women were assembled, weaving tourist trinkets from lace and other fabrics. I was asked to make a small donation in return for some portraits which if i’m being honest, wasn’t the most comfortable situation – a bit like saddhus in Nepal and India, the padaung women have wisened to the income value their looks can draw in term of asking tourists for money in return for photos. Fair game I suppose, some times you have to play the tourist. Still, a lovely, smiley lady who seemed happy enough with life, and undoubtedly the paduang have a life which draws wonder from westerners with whom they have contact.

Paduang lady


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