Photographs by Hitoshi Kameyama.
Tosei-Sha, 2013. 84 pp., 79 duotone illustrations, 8x8¾".
“Thanaka” is a type of skin cream made in Myanmar. Used primarily by women and children, it protects their skin from the harsh South East Asian sun. Citrus tree bark is ground with stones and mixed with water into a paste. This paste can then be applied to the skin with care using a mirror. Some young women even decorate their faces with leaf patterns using this cream. “Thanaka” is indeed a symbol of Myanmar culture.
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