Burma’s Thanaka Paste

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Burma’s Thanaka Paste

Overview

The beige-yellow splodges, swirls and spots on cheeks and foreheads means one thing: you can only be in Burma. Burma’s Thanaka Paste comes from the bark of the thanaka tree, though other species are sometimes used. The bark is ground to a powder then mixed to a paste with water before being applied with fingers, although stencils may be used for more complicated designs.

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Thanaka Paste

It is the beauty of Burman culture. Patterns vary from delicate leaves and flowers or intricate swirls through to random blobs resulting from the slap-it-on-all-over technique, though bear in mind it’s generally applied as morning make up and after working several hours in a sticky market the thanaka may not be looking its best.

Highlights about Burma’s Thanaka Paste

The majority of Burmese women wear it as do quite a lot of the guys, especially younger ones. The reasons for and benefits of applying are almost as numerous as the patterns themselves.

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it makes the skin smooth, it smells nice

They include, in no particular order: the powder has a cooling effect, it provides protection from the sun, it deters mosquitoes and insects, it’s thought to prevent acne, it makes the skin smooth, it smells nice — it has a sandalwood-like fragrance — it acts against fungal infections, and last but not least — it looks good! In short, it’s apparently an all-in-one Burmese cosmetic and dermatological cure-all.

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