The Irrawaddy Magazine (June 2011, Vol.19 No.2)

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Beauty That’s More Than

Skin Deep The use of thanaka by Burmese women and children is a truly unique custom; here we uncover the background to this tradition and why it continues to thrive even today By YENI

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urmese women feel great pride when they are asked to explain the golden paste covering their faces. This traditional skin conditioner has been used in Burmese society for centuries and is a cherished part of the national identity.

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