Yandabo, Myanmar

Using local clay pulled from the Irrawaddy River bed, the village of Yandabo makes pots by the thousands.

The terra cotta pots are used for storage of water or food and are distributed throughout the Mandalay Region of Myanmar.

For firing the pots, “kilns” are formed by piling the pots, covering them with rice stalks and setting it on fire. The pile smolders for three days or so and then the pots are retrieved from the pile.

Everything is done by hand in many yards of many houses in the town.

This is literally “Cottage Industry” using methods going back hundreds of years.

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