Rakhine's traditional handloom industries in struggles.
According to the people working in Rakhine State, the handloom industries that operate according to tradition are facing difficulties due to the local conditions.
About five years ago, traditional handloom weavers, a yakkan craft, were doing well, but now there is a shortage of labor and rising commodity prices. It is reported that they are facing difficulties due to the general crisis such as wage increases and high food prices.
At present, although yakka
n handloom fabrics have a good price and strong demand, the profit is low, and those who work for hire receive little wages, so it is said that it is not even worth the day.
In addition, when the fighting in the region was going on, the transportation of goods was restricted to higher prices. Handloom industry operators said that due to the factors such as the lack of local tourists, they had to stop the handloom business for some time.