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Thanaka a national identity of Myanmar

Posted by rod - 13.11.2013

Thanaka a national identity of Myanmar

Below are a few personal photos of my travels around Myanmar (Burma), where I discovered one of the countries national identities called Thanaka. Already on my first day in Mandalay (Myanmar) I noticed that many of the woman and children and even some men had a yellowish past smeared on their faces. After asking a few people about the past I’ve learned that it was called Thanaka and that it has been used by Burmese women for over 2000 years. Every day, after taking a bath, women, children an some men apply Thanaka on their faces and sometimes their arms. Thanaka is a yellowish-white past made from ground bark from several trees that grow in central Myanmar. The distinctive feature of Myanmar has several purposes. It is used as a cosmetic that makes woman more beautiful and has a slight fragrant scent similar to sandalwood. But it also gives a cooling sensation and provides protection from sunburn. According to wikipedia people also believe it helps remove acne and promotes smooth skin.

Usually the most common form of applying the creamy past onto your skin is in the form of a circular patch or strips. But more lavish designs such as floral or leaf-shaped motifs are also painted onto cheeks. Thanaka is definitely a versatile cosmetic and one of Myanmars treasures.

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Branding Myanmar

Posted by rod - 23.10.2013

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Myanmar has in the past few years opened itself up in many ways at lightning speed, from tourism to foreign investment. In order to continue its efforts to attract more visitors and investors, the country has started its first ever nation branding initiative. iD created the nation branding campaign – Myanmar LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN in the form of TV commercial’s and a commemorative book that was launched at the World Economic Forum. The commercials showcase some of Myanmar’s top attractions such as the golden rock, Yangon’s Shwedagon pagoda and the ancient city of Bagan, in addition young girls wear the traditional yellowish-white cosmetic paste Thanaka. At the end of the ad Myanmar presents its tourism logo. The logo is written in the latin alphabet but the letters are inspired and designed in a Burmese script way which dates back to 1053.

From my own travel experience, Myanmar is a country that isn’t spoilt yet and has some distinct traditions, customs and heritage that are worth exploring. I just hope that they will cherish these unique features.

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Incredible photos of Myanmar

Posted by rod - 28.03.2013

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French travel photographer Frédéric Lagrange, based in New York has taken these incredible photos of Myanmar (Burma). His vibrant photographs have a fantastic energy, capturing Myanmar’s monks, people, architecture and it’s beautiful Landscapes.

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Striking photos of myanmar

Posted by rod - 29.10.2012

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These photos of Myanmar also known as Burma were taken by Bangkok based Spanish photographer David Terrazas. His pictures captured the the landscape and people who have been living under military rule for 50 years.

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Lumen – A Burmese, Thai and Latin typeface

Posted by rod - 03.10.2012

Lumen is the first Burmese, Thai and Latin typeface which was created by Ben Mitchell during his MATD year at the University of Reading.

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“Lumen is the product of a year’s study at the University of Reading. It is unique among typefaces in both its scope and its design, taking influence from historic models but equally at home splashed across the pages of contemporary editorial design or set in continuous prose in book design. With its unparalleled support for Burmese, Thai and Latin all conceived together from the outset, Lumen is the first typeface to integrate the three scripts in complementary, stylistic harmony whilst respecting the different heritage of each. It is also fully Unicode compliant, a rarity among Burmese fonts.

Lumen’s character set and range of styles are rooted in the practical needs of complex and hierarchical typography, such as dictionary, editorial and textbook usage.

The design process has been a journey into the past to rediscover the vitality of Burmese text, a journey into complexity to figure out how to translate Southeast Asian writing systems into OpenType code, and a journey into the tiniest details of letterforms and spacing to optimise text typography.

At the same time, Lumen stands for a brighter future for the peoples of Burma and their new opportunities for democracy and international dialogue, in which the worlds of communications, publishing, design and web can support and encourage permanent change.”

If you like this typeface check out these Bilingual typefaces:

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Branding the Burma Emporium

Posted by rod - 20.08.2012

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Burma (Myanmar) is taking the next step towards Branding. The Burma Emporium will be one of the first brands selling Burmese goods to the western world.

“Burma Emporium’s mission: To highlight to the western world the value of Burmese traditions, skills, craftsmanship & artistry. We do this bycurating a range of professionally presented products. We select our products for their authenticity and uniqueness, but also hope they offer clues as to Burma’s intriguing history and optimistic future”

Ho Chi Minh based graphic designer Scott Lambert and illustrator Andrew Denholm created the branding of the Emporium. The project involved some basic research, brand strategy, followed by brand development, design territories, and then guidelines.

“The brand is based around authentic Burmese cues within the brand mark, typography, and wallpaper. The repeated pattern was influenced by a colonial era Burmese Wallpaper found in the British Museum. 

Andrew recreated it in his own brilliant style, and added a few hidden charms within the pattern – there are 5 spot them if you can. Zee Kwet owls, the silhouette of  the country, a thanaka painted face, a traditional Burmese chess piece (Knight riding an elephant), a temple from Bagan.”

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Altered Focus: Burma

Posted by rod - 20.05.2011

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Altered Focus: Burma from Hot Knees Media on Vimeo.

Three young film makers from England travel to Burma to explore the country by skateboard. The documentary captures some amazing reactions of the residence who have most-probably never seen a skateboard in their lives. The guys also raise some questions regarding the political situation, in conjunction with skateboarding, filming and tourism in the country.

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Myanmar Beer

Posted by rod - 05.03.2010

Myanmar Brewery Limited was established on March 29, 1995 and is located in Yangon. The Karaweik, featured prominently on Myanmar Beer’s logo, is a bird of legend. It is depicted as an ancient Karaweik Barge fit only for the kings and royal families. Label via beerme

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Traditional Burmese reflexology symbols

Posted by rod - 24.02.2010

Traditional Burmese reflexology symbols painted on a temple ceiling, in Mrauk U. via flickr here and here

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Burmese Stamps

Posted by rod - 22.12.2009

Burmese Stamps via tibetanpost.com

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Frans van der Lee

Posted by rod - 23.08.2009

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Photography by Frans van der Lee exploring Burma (Myanmar).

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Coat of Arms Burma

Posted by rod - 28.06.2009

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Shepard Fairey’s Portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted by rod - 23.06.2009

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Aung San Suu Kyi turned 64 in prison this past Friday and Shepard Fairey created this portrait of her to “raise awareness of her situation and the overall situation in Burma.”  More info here and here. Found via theworldsbestever.com

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The Monastery Built on a Volcanic Plug

Posted by rod - 04.05.2009

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The remarkable monastery, Taung Kalat, sits atop an ancient volcanic plug in central Burma. Found via neatorama.com

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Burmese Money

Posted by rod - 15.04.2009

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found via banknotes.com namnewsnetwork.org notasportugal.blogspot.com

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