After Hong Kong, I went to Mae Sot in Thailand, close to the border to Myanmar. Here, I was meeting with Borderline Collective, which is an organization supporting migrant and refugee women from Myanmar. The women are organized in smaller autonomous collectives based in the small villages along the border.
They make the most beautiful bags and accessories, which they sell in their common Borderline shop located in Mae Sot, and I had really been looking forward to seeing them. Together, we are making a bag for Fair Fashionista, which opens in June, so we have some busy weeks ahead of us.
One stair up, there’s an art gallery, where local artists exhibit their art, and Borderline also runs a restaurant, Tea Garden, which is located right behind the shop. The food is vegetarian and delicious, and if you want to learn how to make the food they serve in the restaurant, you can sign up for a cooking class, which also includes a tour to the local market. Borderline is such a friendly and creative oasis, so if you are visiting Mae Sot, make sure you also visit Borderline. Food? Art? Handicraft? You have all the reasons in the world to stop by this wonderful place.
Borderline Collective, 674/14 Intharakeeree Road, Mae Sot, Thailand