From a village near Mandalay, Myanmar a group of women have been sustaining themselves and their families by selling their handmade bags, hair clips and necklaces made 100% of watermelon seeds. One of the ladies that spoke to me is Soe Soe Lin. She walks to the Mahamoni market Pagoda every day to earn enough for her to feed her family.
These beautiful works of art take them days just to collect and dry the seeds. The actual making of them is painstakingly slow and requires a lot of patience as each seed is being sewn. The women collaborate in making these items but there is a need for them to make the merchendise more marketable. The goal is to be able to provide them with tools to improve their productivity and finishing.