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Tales from Nagaland

Tales from Nagaland

This is a man from Nagaland.

Oooh where's that?

Nagaland is an independent state deep in the mountains of the Burmese-Indian border. It's a place where people live alongside porcupines and pangolins. Where elephants, tigers and leopards roam free.

And what has it got to do with Kalinko?

It is where the designs for our brand new Naga Wall Hangings and Naga Bean Bags come from! 

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INTRODUCING The Kindred Club

INTRODUCING The Kindred Club

We've launched a loyalty club!

Primarily, this is a place for us to say thank you to our most loyal customers. But more than that, it’s a way for us to share more with you, to show you behind the scenes of Kalinko, to get you involved in the design process, and learn what really makes you tick. Think of it as being inside the Kalinko Home: one of the family.

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Why we do what we do

Why we do what we do

That is Lin Tin and that is his chair.

The chair was three years in the making. We knew right back when we started Kalinko, that we'd need to have a chair like this. You see, they're all over Burma. In homes, outside homes, in waiting rooms, in art galleries, on pavements. We knew it had to be perfect: beautifully made and designed to last a long, long time.

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THE WAIT IS OVER!

THE WAIT IS OVER!

So. Many. Things. Are. Back. In. Stock.

If you missed this post from July, have a read to see why this shipment feels like it has been a VERY long time coming. But that wasn't the end of it. We did eventually get the shipment out three weeks later, BUT...

It then got stuck in Singapore for three days... 

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Why we should all have lots of plants

Why we should all have lots of plants

I’m a terrible plant-mother. Really the very worst. I just can’t keep them alive. But there’s one plant from our very first shoot which despite my persistent neglect, will not die. It’s been my trusty side-kick for 4 years now, and continues to flourish and delight me at my desk. It’s a true miracle. It’s a Zamioculcas zamiifolia, also known as a ZZ plant, a Zanzibar gem or a Fern arum. Get one. It will make you feel like a green-fingered god...

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How to spot fake Mother of Pearl

How to spot fake Mother of Pearl

What is Mother of Pearl? What’s all the fuss about? How do I know if it’s real? And how should I look after it?

You know how we agonise over what colour to paint our walls? Spend days looking at tester patches of almost identical colours, agonising over the nuances between more or less chalky? Well molluscs have a much better plan. They go for pearly white, every time. No namby-pambying around. And they make it themselves at home. Genius.

You see molluscs (pearl oysters, freshwater mussels, abalone, etc) paint their walls with mother of pearl. I’m absolutely sure it’s primarily aesthetic, but it also acts as protection against parasites and unwanted visitors. Paint with an integral-burglar alarm system (…Dragon’s Den WATCH OUT).

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Burmese Salads to Shake Up Your Summer

Burmese Salads to Shake Up Your Summer

This is Amy and Emily Chung, and they are the Rangoon Sisters. They call themselves "two greedy sisters cooking traditional Burmese food"... our kind of people!

Born and bred in England but with Burmese heritage, their incredibly popular supper club has been giving London an introduction to Burmese food since 2013. Now we can all gorge on their phenomenal nosh from home thanks to their brand new eponymous cookbook.

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Top Tips for Tiny Bathrooms

Top Tips for Tiny Bathrooms

A friend asked me once where on earth you're meant to put the sink in a tiny bathroom (hello Haz 👋🏼). Working out the magic science behind fitting in a shower, loo and sink, let alone a bath, into a tiny space either needs advanced Tetris skills, or some advice from the pros.

In the absence of the former, I've reached out to some of my favourite interiors pals for the latter.

Here's the scoop...

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