What is tanaka?
The thanaka is a tree growing in the drier areas of Myanmar. The eponymous paste, made by grinding the bark against a wet stone is used cosmetically by Burmese people.
The trees should mature at least 35 years before they become viable.
According to Burmese people, thanaka is not only a good protection from the sun but also lightens the skin (Asian people don’t want to be tanned like westerners but have their skin the whiter as possible). Thanaka is wearied by all women, children and also young men.