Burmese Crafts: Past and Present by Sylvia Fraser-Lu,1994

This was probably the first book that I came cross when I got to know more about Burmese crafts. It is truly magnificent and I highly recommend.  Sylvia Fraser-Lu travelled extensively in Asia… Continue reading

Burma: The Curse of Independence by Shelby Tucker, 2001

Burma is a country blessed with rich natural resources, traditional crafts and cultural diversity, but cursed with many problems..Shelby Tucker, author of this book, traces the impact of colonization, eventually torn part by… Continue reading


Hosted by YY9 Gallery, in collaboration with SOIL, an exhibition “Burmese Days – A Timeline” will be held on 14 September – 13 October 2012. We feel proud to present the works by… Continue reading

Our Collaborators

SOIL could not have been brought to life without the advice and support of many people. We’re indebted to everyone here for all contributions, encouragement and inspirations… Benny Lau, Chris Lo, So-hing Chau,… Continue reading

Burmese Days – A Timeline

Spring 2012. Benny Lau, Chris Lo, and Chau So-hing from different design disciplines were invited by SOIL to join an expedition to Bagan. Flanked by the mighty Irrawaddy River, Bagan, situated in Burma’s dry… Continue reading


January 2012 Expedition to Bagan, Burma April – June 2012 First Pop Up Store at Sau Wa Fong, Wanchai September – October 2012 “Burmese Days – A Timeline” Exhibition at YY9 Gallery, Happy Valley… Continue reading

A High Quality Piece of Lacquerware

The value of a piece of lacquerware only begins with the materials used to make it. A high quality piece of lacquerware requires the skills of several different elements: 1/ Lacquer – natural… Continue reading

Burmese Lacquerware

To the craftsmen of Burma, both past and present, who have left us an enduring legacy of their outstanding artistic accomplishments.  Long may they continue to serve and delight us with their skill… Continue reading

Our first ever pop up shop

We’re proud to host our first-ever pop up shop, bringing together crafts from independent artists and designers based in Hong Kong. A special collection of lacquerware from Burma will also be featured. Our… Continue reading

An antique of the future by Black Elephant Studio in Bagan

SOIL is glad to present a special collection of Black Elephant lacquerware at our first pop up shop. These items are available in Hong Kong for the first time. Black Elephant studio was… Continue reading