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Mandalay. I love how the syllables tumble effortlessly from our lips. When I was a kid, it was the royal capital of the country then known as Burma, and usually now called Myanmar. It has always seemed an unimaginably exotic place. Today, Mandalay is still considered the cultural and academic hub of Upper Burma. It's yet another country in Southeast Asia I hope to visit one day (and I've been to quite a few). So I was excited when Sympatico customer Carol Caldwell-Ewart submitted her Travel Tales entry.
Carol’s Angled Skirt worked nicely with temple dress codes and the sometimes oppressive humidity of Mandalay.
Carol’s experience traveling in that region mirrors my own where it comes to wardrobe: a long travel skirt is a fantastic choice. As she notes, "My Sympatico [Angled] skirt fits right in here in Myanmar where most folks—men and women—are wearing skirts of beautiful fabrics and glorious colors.” Referring to the photo she included, she writes, “Here we are at the Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines in Mandalay, where 792 marble slabs are inscribed with Buddha’s teachings.”
Carol also had Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam on her itinerary; an ideal testing ground for her Angled Skirt.
Beside offering an attractive yet modest appearance in all kinds of settings, the Angled Skirt’s blend of hemp and Tencel is an easy travel companion. Wrinkles hang out overnight, especially in a steamy bathroom. Come to think of it, though, if you travel to Southeast Asia during monsoon season, that steamy environment will take care of itself anyplace that’s not air conditioned!
If you have a Travel Tale that involves Sympatico clothes, I’d love to hear about your adventure and see your pictures. If I publish your Tale, you’ll receive a $100 Sympatico gift certificate. Get some tips about submitting an entry here.
To LAMA or not to LAMA?
As I write this, March weather is being its usual capricious self. But as matters stand, I’m planning, weather permitting, on showing the Sympatico collection at the Lithia Artisans Market this weekend. You can also visit my workshop near Jacksonville, Oregon by appointment. Give me a call at 541-899-3988 or send an email to confirm I’ll be at the Market or to schedule a visit at my workshop.
I spent January in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and it proved a perfect chance to put some of the tips that have appeared in Travel Tales posts to a(nother) real-world test. Teeming and tropical, “Jogja,” as the locals call it, is the cultural heart of Java. It’s also home to my daughter and her husband who love [...]
Jane’s Paprika Tuxedo Top accessorized with some well-chosen scarves served her well on a recent Japanese trip.Our latest Travel Tale focuses on a creatively simple packing plan. When Jane Averill packed for her recent trip to Japan, simplicity was key. As she writes, “The (Tuxedo) top was one of the few things I took with me, as I [...]
The impression many westerners have of South Korea is of a bustling, tech-focused economic powerhouse. Exploring the island of Jeju earlier this year helped me get past that stereotype, especially when I stumbled upon Hee Jin’s workshop in Jeju City.Eucalyptus imparts subtle earth and sky tones, beautifully rendered in this organically dyed silk scarf.It turns [...]
Although intrepid women explorers are sometimes shown wearing pants, there’s a convincing case to be made for the long travel skirt when it come to adventurous excursions. On my own overseas jaunts I’ve found a long skirt often makes an ideal travel companion. Why? Let me count the ways: A well chosen long skirt dresses up [...]
"I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase." Diane von Furstenburg Is it possible to travel with an all-natural, sustainably-made wardrobe? The answer to that question is, of course, it depends on where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. Sometimes those realities impose solutions that involve so-called technical fibers. Given airline weight limits, it [...]
Travel Tale: Our latest Travel Tale winner’s Tank and Trapeze Tops are staples in her on-the-go wardrobe.
Our latest Travel Tale winner has an appreciation for simple elegance in both industrial design and the way she dresses. Charlotte Clement’s account of her travels and the role her Tank Top and Trapeze Tunic play in her travel wardrobe earned her a Sympatico gift certificate for $100. Here’s what she says:Charlotte gets a lot [...]
Because so many of you have shared your adventures while wearing Sympatico, I was inspired to create Travel Tales — a semi-regular email feature.Send me your Travel Tale along with one or more pictures of you in your Sympatico wear and I’ll send you a $100 gift certificate if I use them for the Blog. [...]
Like so many Sympatico customers, Rebecca Allen is a frequent traveler. In putting out my call for entries for our recurring feature, Travel Tales, Rebecca responded with the following account of a recent New Orleans trip.Rebecca A, ready for her trip, in her Angled Skirt.I’m an archaeologist, which means that much of my wardrobe has [...]
Don't pack too much!It slows you down, tires you out and leaves no room for purchases. What's essential: passport or ID, money, good shoes, medications. What's smart: a coordinated wardrobe that looks stylish, feels comfortable and is culturally appropriate. Check the weather for your destination: what's the norm and what's currently happening? Look at photos on the internet to see how the [...]