YANGON, Myanmar — The Nagar Glass Factory has been an irreplaceable part of Myanmar’s heritage for decades.
In its heyday, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was a customer. So was the first man to orbit the earth, John Glenn, who paid a visit in 1966 and tried his own hand at glass blowing. The factory was in guidebooks for intrepid travelers who visited this long-oppressed country.
Hidden in the back streets of this crowded and largely poor SoutheastAsian capital, acres of beautifully finished vases and wine glasses represent a rare bastion of timeless excellence in a country otherwise not exactly known for glassware.
Nagar’s hand-crafted bowls, miniature sculptures and nativity sets were in high demand even though customers would have to navigate dirt roads and dense foliage to reach the factory and its community of celebrated glass makers.
The roads are better these days, but Nagar Glass Factory is harder to find. It is no longer marked with a sign, and it lies in ruins — five years after being ravaged by Cyclone Nargis.
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