This traditional cottage industry of making umbrellas from paper was established in Pathein, the capital of the Ayeyarwaddy Division of Myanmar's delta region, over a hundred years ago.
It’s a labor-intensive process, from building the skeleton from wood and bamboo, to binding the paper to the frame, and then drying, varnishing, polishing, painting and decorating it.
As the movement in the decortative arts grew to influence architecture, design and fashion, the Pathein umbrellas are now mostly made from cotton, silk and satin with wooden handles intricately designed or painted for the usage of unique lampshades, home interior and garden decorations.
Pathein umbrellas are also well known as one of Myanmar’s most popular souvenirs, both practical and beautiful.
It would definitely be a lovely reminder of your visit to Myanmar.