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South East Asian Mancala: Congkak / Sungka

The South East Asian games of Mancala, often called Jogklak in Indonesia, Congkak in Malaysia and Brunei, or Sungka in the Philippines are variations of the same game but with widely differing rules and number of holes. There are also variations of the same game to be found throughout India, Sri Lanka and parts of […]

The Art of Leather Tanning at the Marrakesh Tanneries

In Marrakesh, the traditional process for tanning leather is such a unique and interesting interesting sight, to behold men treading and rinsing skins in mysterious liquids and dyes and then stretching the hides using traditional techniques. Step 1 – Iferd During the traditional process of tanning leather in Marrakesh, the skins are soaked to soften […]

Flute of the Andes: Quena

We visited La Paz, in Bolivia some ten years ago, and spent hours getting lost meandering the colourful mercados, mesmerized by the macabre and weird findings of the witches market and the rainbow of bright colours and soft fabrics in the Mercado De Las Brujas …in search of some ethnic Andean cultural ware. We were […]

The Nepalese Game of Bagh Chal

Bagh Chal is a traditional game originated in Indian sub-continent; nowadays is still a popular game, at least in Nepal. It´s one of the more interesting hunting games (those games played between unequal forces with different goals, where pieces use to symbolize animals). Bagh in Nepali means tiger, and chal means move, hence you could translate it as the Tiger Moving Game or Move the Tigers. […]

Guatemalan Worry Dolls

Worry dolls (also called trouble dolls; in Spanish, Muñeca quitapena) are small, hand-made dolls that originate from Guatemala. According to legend, Guatemalan children tell their worries to the Worry Dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed at night. By morning the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate […]

ICELAND: Making the worlds 4th most expensive country affordable

My family and I recently travelled to Iceland for a 2 week break and for me to source our new products.  It’s well known that Iceland is one of the most expensive places in the world to visit but is it possible to make it more affordable?  The answer is yes.  Follow some of the […]