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Palm-leaf : the ancient writing medium of Myanmar
- Today paper is the most widely used for writing and printing, as well as for painting. However, before paper was introduced there were several mediums like wooden panels, birch bark, palm-leaf, leather, parchment and so on, which were used for the same purpose. Of these, palm-leaf was probably the most important and the most popular, in almost all South and Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Burma, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. There are many varieties of palm trees. For writing, however, leaves of two kinds were mainly used. These are the Palmyra palm (Barassus Flabelifer Linn) and Talipot palm (Coryoba Umbraculifera Linn). Of these two kinds, leaves of the Palmyra palm are rather thick and less flexible. When time flies, these leaves become easily brittle. Insect attack is also more noticeable in them. On the other hand, leaves of the Talipot palm are soft and flexible. They remain flexible for a long period. The earliest manuscripts written on Talipot leaves are mostly found.
U Maung Maung Thein
U Thein Lwin
- Symposium Program for Digitization and Conservation of Myanmar Old Manuscripts 13-14 December, 2016, University of Yangon, Myanmar