Karen Village

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Fun Fact... What's a LAN? (by Pam Thien)

"I thought I'd share this... happy reading!

I was at the village making sure silversmiths were doing well and everyone is happy when we started talking about the rain. One of my village friends said 'It's going to rain a lot only at the beginning of the year (The year starts in April for them) and the rest of the year will be dry.'

I asked him how he knew. He said the 'lan' told him.

Unlike conventional LANs that we have at our home of office, a hill tribe villager's version of a 'lan' is a small lizard with yellow and black tail. Young lans hatch at the beginning of the rainy season. Villagers out collecting food during these times will find a hatchling or two (or a dozen). Apparently, this year, the hatchlings have black at only the beginning of their tail and yellow from middle 'til the end.

This indicates that it will be wet early in the year and dry until the end of the year.Some years, the tail is all black, some years all yellow, while other years yellow first and black later. The Lan hatchlings have never been wrong. All hatchlings born on the same year has the same tail colors. The pattern changes as they grow older, so only hatchlings are used to forecast the weather.

I am now a little wiser. Hope you are too."

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bling Ring Bases

Bling Ring Bases Now Available!

As requested, bling ring bases that match the simple summer print rings are here. These can be opened up to enlarge the ring size.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Karen Village moves to Feedblitz

Here are some news for our Bloglet subscribers:

I received the news about Bloglet sending members over to Feedblitz from BeadedStar. Just to let all our Bloglet subscribers know, we have moved your accounts over to Feedblitz, so you can get updated emails about any changes on the Karen Village Blog. Don't worry, there is nothing you need to do. If you are subscribing over feedsburner or another non email RSS feed, things will work just as usual.

-Angie T.-

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Ngu-ga and Lumyai

It’s not fruit season yet, but we can’t help but be excited for Uncle Ngu-ga. Many of you have already heard of Ngu-ga from our newsletters. He makes many of the beautiful wish pendants and spirit locks that we carry. Uncle Ngu-ga has been busy. He bought a lumyai orchard a few years back he has been busy cultivating the trees, he had to stop when he was hit with malaria, (don’t worry, he made a full recovery), but he is now back and his trees look like they will yield an abundance of fruit.

This wish pendant is of a mature lumyai tree, standing before the setting sun as it drifts back behind the hills of our village. The inscription next to it is in Karen and reads “Tablu” or “Thank you”. It was made by a neighbor to help bring good thoughts towards all the villagers who also depend on the lumyai.

Lumyai is the Thai word for Longan. (pictured below.) It’s a sweet clear fruit with a light brown skin (that is peeled off before you eat it) and a shiny seed. The Chinese call it a dragon’s eye because it resembles an eyeball. The villagers grow up around large lumyai trees, with branches that are low to the ground.

These lumyai are from a mature tree, in an orchard owned by Pohsow (who makes round and tube spacer beads.) She has had her orchard for over ten years.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

May Coupon Code: Free sized stackable rings for summer

Created by our local village artisan, Jakpho—these rings can be resized to fit fingers size 7 and up. Choose from four different “summery” traditional prints and match them with any of your Karen Hill Tribe silver items. Watch out for matching stackable bling ring bases, and more items from Jakpho to be featured here soon!

Use the coupon code: may01 and get 10% off each ring.

• Please use this coupon code during checkout.
• Place it into the 'coupon code' form field located under the order subtotal.
• Valid until June 5th, 2006.
• The coupon code is to be used with purchases off http://www.shiana.com only. eBay and eBay store wins are not included.