Yangon Post

The Tattooed Women of Southern Chin

The Tattooed Women of Southern Chin

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.

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Dappled Summer

Dappled Summer

There's something special about the light in Burma. It always feels warmer than anywhere else, more comforting, more uplifting. It has a special way of flitting through leaves, wiggling through the gaps, wobbling across walls. Walls which are crumblier, wiser, prettier than others. 

The colours in our mini Dappled Summer Collection come from those walls. From the shadows cast by the leaves. From the leaves flirting with the light. We find them soothing, comforting, cooling. 

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Yangon Post: Issue Three | Spring/Summer 2021

Yangon Post: Issue Three | Spring/Summer 2021

Issue 3 of our newspaper has landed! It was supposed to hit the shelves in February, but we put it on pause as the news of the military takeover unfolded across Burma. However, the people and places beyond the headlines and behind our products are still there, and so are their stories. We have decided to keep telling them. Starting now.

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The Making of our Strand Ice Bucket

The Making of our Strand Ice Bucket

The Strand Ice Bucket was one of our first ever products at Kalinko. 

We've sold over 1000 of them since we launched, and every time we restock, they fly out of our warehouse.

If you're wondering why they're so popular, watch this video of them being made...

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The A Team have done it again

The A Team have done it again

Three 12 hour shifts, all weekend in the warehouse, and the team have done it: over 3000 items have been unpacked, quality checked and shelved, and we are back in action.

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This is not a drill

This is not a drill

As you read this, the Kalinko warehouse team are unloading our giant pink container. It creaked up to the door of our little Welsh warehouse at 9am this morning. Anyone who has been following our emails for the past five months will understand quite how momentous this feels. And anyone who hasn't can catch up here.

What happens next?

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We're going to be fine.

We're going to be fine.

The world has started creaking back into action over the last few weeks, and almost everybody I've seen has asked the same question: "Is Kalinko going to be ok?"

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Meet Motley

Meet Motley

Meet our Kindred Club Partner for July. Motley is a disrupter jewellery brand which is setting new standards for design, fairness and sustainability in an industry as old as time. 

Co-founders Cecily and Ilana met in a university lecture about witchcraft, and boy have they cooked up a spellbinding potion. Cecily came from the jewellery world, Ilana from management consultancy, and together they are set to transform and dominate the jewellery world. 

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Let's talk about tea

Let's talk about tea

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? 

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Prints from Myanmar

Prints from Myanmar

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.

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We're back on the waves

We're back on the waves

I can hardly believe I'm writing this, but our container finally left Yangon on Wednesday. 

This is the third time I've had this feeling in the last year. The first was...

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Inside Kalinko Homes

Inside Kalinko Homes

We want to turn the spotlight on the people without whom Kalinko would not exist. The people who enable us to do what we do. The people whose support means we can support all of our makers.

It's time to tell our customers' stories.

Starting with Sarah. 

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