In January 2011 I wrote a post about the white make up in Myanmar. Because people asked me to come with some more images I have chosen now for het kids. Herewith also the explanation I wrote in the before mentioned post.
I got many questions about the white paint on the faces of the Myanmar people. It is not paint but it is their make-up. And it is not only for their beauty but also for health. Especially the Myanmar women adore thanakha as their traditional beautifier as well for medical reasons and it is has been here for generations. Thanakha is obtained by grinding the thanakha tree bark (35 years old) on a flat, smooth stone with a few drops of water. It can be applied straight away on the face but also on the body. It is used by either women or men (they are a bit shy to use it) but also (as you can see) by children.