This umbrella we brought all the way from Bagan is made from a shiny, synthetic fabric secured to a lacquered bamboo frame articulated by a maze of overlapping, brightly coloured silk threads. The patterns are… Continue reading

Paper mache

I bought this elephant paper mache (papier mache; french for “chewed paper”) from a charity shop Helping Hands in Yangon. Burmese paper mache is usually made by applying layers of thin, tough, paper and rice… Continue reading

Sunset at Irrawaddy River

Irrawaddy River flows from north to south through Burma.  It’s the country’s largest river and most important commercial waterway.   The sunset at Irrawaddy River is one of the most memorable scenes when we’re… Continue reading

Time is a river

“Time is a river. It will not wait and it depends how you live with it.”


A first step on the long road of reconciliation.. Vincenzo took these photos in a refuges camp along Thai-Burma border. The camp’s residents have been stuck for almost thirty years in a small… Continue reading

“Burmese Days – A Timeline”

At last, this exhibition has come to reality! It has brought so much fond memories of our trip to Burma. Thanks to three artists Chris Lo, Benny Lau and Chau So-hing for sharing… Continue reading

Hsun Ok

In Burma, the most graceful lacquer ceremonial vessel is the Hsun-ok, used for centuries to carry gifts of food as offerings to the Buddhist monasteries. Hsun-ok is usually made of lightweight wood and… Continue reading


Pagodas in Bagan are typically designed with either three or five terraces ascending towards a bell-shaped stupa topped with a hti (umbrella). The hti usually takes the form of a series of concentric… Continue reading

Craftopia, a crafty way to help

Craftopia is a community project advocated by Benny Lau who is best recognized as a graphics designer, an illustrator as well as a product designer. In recent years, Benny has been engaged more… Continue reading

Letters from Burma, ASSK

This book contains letters from Burma, written by Aung San Suu Kyi, between November 1995 and December 1996. In these 52 pieces, originally written for a Japanese newspaper and begun soon after her… Continue reading