Street vendor San San Oo, a long-time thanaka user, buys the fresh paste from the market and smears it on her cheeks with a brush.ST PHOTO: / TAN HUI YEE
Govt hopes to protect link between its people and paste made from bark of indigenous tree
Business is brisk at Mr Aye Saung’s souvenir shop in downtown Yangon’s Bogyoke Aung San market, where candy-coloured tubs of thanaka paste – made from the bark of an indigenous tree – compete for the attention of passing tourists.
Asked to name his best-selling brand, he picks out one with a minimalist white packaging bearing the etching of a tree.
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