Deep in the west of Burma, a two-day drive from Yangon where Chin State meets Rakhine State, live a group of women with facial tattoos. They are the women of the Southern Chin and are the largest group of traditionally face-tattooed women in Asia.
Where does this tradition come from? Why do they do it? And what do the tattoos mean? Much of this remains a mystery, but thanks to the tireless work of Jens Uwe Parkitny, we do have some level of understanding about these remarkable women.
We Brits are super into tea. We're very particular about it. It's so "British" isn't it? A cuppa with your breakfast, another with your mid-morning garibaldi. Tea and a Twix while you ruminate over a thorny issue.
But what if I told you that tea is even more Burmese to the Burmese than British to the Brits?
Here is a nice way you can support Burma while it goes through this period of struggle. It has has been set up by a group of photographers who have lived in Myanmar over the past 8 years. They are selling limited editions of 10 prints of a beautiful selection of photographs.
Below are some of my favourites, but click the button at the bottom to see them all.
It's about to become hundreds and hundreds of bins. Bins and trays and bowls. Oh, and placemats, and planters, umbrella stands and side tables. And did we say laundry bins? Piles of laundry bins for piles of laundry.
We're making as many as we can, because we know you're waiting for them. In the meantime...
The shelves are full, and our resolve is stronger than ever.
If you've been following our recent emails (this one and this one) you'll know that we've all been waiting for this shipment to arrive for a very long time. You’ll also know that the future of how day-to-day life will feel in Burma is currently on a knife-edge. Nobody knows what this afternoon will bring, let alone tomorrow, next week or next year.