Kalaw, a beautiful colonial hill town in Shan state of central Burma is surrounded by numerous ethnic and tribal villages of Palaung, Pa-O, Intha, Danu, Taung-yo, Bamar and other communities. Weaving traditional design and color of clothing is a part of preserving their identity and pride. Known for their hospitality, the people toil hard to maintain their livelihood. Cut off from the civilization of the modern world, agriculture continues to be the single largest source of income. Mostly Buddhists by religion, Christians and Spirit worshippers also dominate largely in the valley.
Devoid of tourist facilities, travelers from all over the world find their homes in the Monasteries, Long Houses and timeless hill tribe villages in the scenic mountains.
This book is dedicated to the friendly people of Kalaw and its neighborhood whose grace and charm mesmerizes the visitors at all times.
Smaran Choudhury is an amateur photographer. He travels to destinations around the world to take pictures of vibrant culture and colorful lifestyle. Having started with Nikon F5 Camera using Kodak & Fuji transparencies, Nikon D2X and D3 are later additions to his equipment. Apple and Adobe are his choice in the digital darkroom. His other books are : * Kalaw : A Burmese Enigma * Ubud : Hindu Cremation * Oaxaca : Valley Of Gods * Siena : Hidden Beauties * Negara : Racing Bulls Of Mekepung * San Miguel : The Last Bastion * Dakha : Faces Of Bengal * Paro : Tsechu Festival