Traditional batik textiles are exquisitely decorated resistance-dyed cloths, produced by a time consuming, and hand-cramping technique. These revered threads have a long history, and make the perfect souvenir of travel in Indonesia and broader Southeast Asia.
There are certain pieces in my wardrobe that make it into my suitcase time after time. Pieces that I wonder how I will eventually replace when they finally wear out because they have been invaluable travel companions. I went back through my travel photos since 2004 and noted which were my hardest working travel clothes. […]
Try on the Huipil (pronounced “wee-pil”), a boxy blouse usually decorated with embroidery, traditionally worn by indigenous women of Mexico and Guatemala – think Frida Kahlo! These loose, cotton pieces make cool and colourful statement pieces in your casual, summer wardrobe.
Rising out of the shallow waters of Lake Inle, Myanmar is the stilted village of Innpawkhon. Here local women derive beautiful textiles from the lotus plant, a revered bloom in many cultures – more about that here. Lotus weaving demands many plant stems and the deft touch of skilled hands to transform the aquatic plant […]
I love a wearable souvenir; to translate my travels into everyday life with a little globetrotter glam. The sarong is not just a beach accessory, but a traditional dress piece of many island and coastal cultures. In this post, we share how to wear the summer staple and why it’s a must-pack for any traveller. […]
Many of us have purchased a piece of clothing while travelling, that upon returning home has never seen the light of day. Baggy pants in kaleidoscope prints, funny hats and exotic shoes may be new, exciting and just the thing to wear in their native setting. However, brought back onto home turf suddenly they might […]
The Panama hat – I’m sure you hardly need convincing of the merits of this timeless fashion accessory. The stylish and sought-after headwear was named for a country that had nothing to do with its creation; became a worldwide sensation in 1880’s; and remains a classic dress piece today. Here is how to wear a […]
The most likely place you’ve seen a kebaya (and maybe not known it) is the impeccably dressed Singapore Airlines’ female flight staff, in their figure hugging uniform. This uniform is a modern adaption of the traditional dress worn throughout much of South East Asia and the work of French fashion designer Pierre Balmain in the 1970’s. However, the […]
There is barely a culture or a time in history I don’t associate with the expressive, ever stylish and practical hand fan. Whether it is an ancient Egyptian king languishing in the breeze generated by an ostrich feathered wave; a coy Geisha peeking from behind her folding wing, or a fiery flamenco dancer passionately gesturing with […]
Tourists like you create the demand for souvenir products, so are you going to use your powers for good or for evil? Asia has become a magnet for people wanting fake designer products. If you have considered or bought these products while overseas, think honestly for a minute about why you might want a luxury or […]
I have never written a fan letter in my life and this is the most personally revealing post I have published to date. So here goes…Happy birthday to the divine Ms Kylie Minogue! Dear Kylie, I was five years old when I Should Be So Lucky was released. I have re-enacted that scene from the […]
A crowned heart clasped between two hands that symbolises love, friendship and loyalty; the design of the Claddagh ring of Ireland is one with a long and mysterious history full of romantic tall tales. But who can truly claim responsibility for the original motif?
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