The ancient art of weaving cloth from lotus stems has been rekindled by a village cooperative in Burma's (Myanmar's) Shan state, a newspaper claimed on Monday. The Myanmar Times said the traditional craft has been revived by the Padonmar Kyar Thingan cooperative association. Blazers made from the elaborately prepared lotus fibre cloth sell in Japan for about £1,500 each, with around 220,000 stems needed to make enough cloth for a set of monk's robes.