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Burma Calling: Christmas & Other Stories

Burma Calling: Christmas & Other Stories

Perhaps unexpectedly for a majority Buddhist country, Myanmar embraces Christmas with gusto. Yangon’s Bogyoke Road Christmas Lights give Oxford Street a run for its money, and hotels and shopping malls have without exception decked the halls with clamouring festive cheer. Read on...

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Globetrotting: Burmese Bites

Globetrotting: Burmese Bites

Burmese food has a bit of a Marmite effect on tourists; some can't get enough, others just don't get it...

But with a little bit of homework, and some help with pronunciation, it's possible to eat like a Burmese king and enjoy it.

Let's start with the most famous, and the most bizarre to a foreigner: Lahpet Thoke, or Tea Leaf Salad.

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Home Truths: What actually is Rattan?

Home Truths: What actually is Rattan?

As we covered last month, Rattan is having a moment.  

But what really is it? And is it different to Wicker? And where does Cane come in? 

Rattan is a plant from the Palm family (which explains its effortless chic). But it’s oh so much more special than your standard palm.

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Globetrotting: Relics of Rangoon

Globetrotting: Relics of Rangoon

Rangoon, now called Yangon, has had a hell of a ride. Just a little fishing village until the late 18th Century, it grew into one of the largest ports in the world by the 1940s. Read on...

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Burma Calling: Deep Dive into Dye

Burma Calling: Deep Dive into Dye

Don’t freak out, but some of our fabrics are made with banana. Yup – mashed banana skins. When mixed with lemon leaves, palm sugar and a little bit of burnt maize ash, they create the right pH to allow the Indigo plant release the right enzymes to create its dreamy blue hue...

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Burma Calling: From the Chin down

Burma Calling: From the Chin down

Burma is a colourful place, particularly in the clothes department. There’s no concept of “The New Black” round here; black was never in. Bright and beautiful is the norm across all 135 of Myanmar’s diverse ethnic groups, which, as well as having distinct traditions and dialects, have their own tribal textiles and outfits.  That’s a helluva lot of textiles...

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Burma Calling: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow...

Burma Calling: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow...

Burma’s on the move. After 60 years forced to sit still, it’s now sprinting ahead, and while this is very exciting, the nostalgic amongst us are clinging on to remains of a time gone by which may eventually go out with the betel nut husks.

Here are some of our favourites:

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