Nuk ~ colorful treasures from Lanna

I love to travel, especially to far a way places ! I am always in awe of the beautiful handmade objects that are distinct to each culture. That is why I immediately was attracted to Nuk's shop Luxury Lanna crafts. Her wonderful bags of bright colors and detailed fabric designs are very special. Nuk uses handmade vintage tribal fabrics which she recycles with love from places such as Hmong (Miao), Karen, Banjara, and Kutch, India. What inspires her designs ? She explains, " Lanna is a place of outstanding beauty and inspiration, it is where I live, and where I continue to feel inspired by the culture and crafts of tribes people."

The bags come in all shapes and sizes and many are one of a kind due to fact that the fabrics are handmade and vintage. One of my favorites is the Travel bag pictured above. The size is definitely great for travel and I love the detail on the wide leather straps, little felt flowers with the centers being metal studs keeping them firmly in place.

The Oversized Boho Bag is made of a vintage Hmong baby carrier in hemp with a large embroidered applique in front. Nuk's designs come with so many nice details. A unique adjustable leather strap with a beaded like tassel and small metal beads along the side. My favorite part of this bag is the detachable charm that hangs in front, small colorful pom poms and beads with an adorable crochet doll. The doll is a female figure dressed in traditional clothes.

Another vintage Hmong baby carrier was used to make this large rectangle shaped hobo bag. The simplicity of this design works perfect for the fabric. A detailed pattern of  leaves, flowers, butterflies and hearts in soft happy colors. Shades of pink, warm yellow, red and light blue, a colorful but soft palette. The wide comfortable straps are finished off with a fun long fringe on each end.

Again, the fabric alone makes the bag ! This wide tote is also made of a vintage Hmong baby carrier with gorgeous large blooming flowers in red and pink and a delicate detailed border pattern. It has sturdy braided like leather handles with buckles making them adjustable. A lovely embroidered daisy is the perfect little snap closure.

If your preference is for smaller bags there are lots of those too. This one I adore! The purple and red colors of this vintage Indian fabric are brought out by the wonderful tassels on the front of the purse that hang at the end of each strap.

Multiple red cords are intertwined with embellishments ending in clusters of bright colorful felt spiral like pom poms. The front has a decorative pleat and a flower closure.

I hope you enjoyed my picks from Luxury Lanna Crafts, visit the shop to see the new Autumn / Winter bags by clicking on any of the pictures or links. 


Black Rice & Purple Carrots

I can't wait to try this recipe that I found on Maria's blog Scandi Foodie from Australia. Maria, originally from Finland, takes beautiful photographs to accompany her wonderful recipes. This Black Rice and Purple Carrot Salad recipe really caught my eye. Not only is this salad an amazing color but it's full of super foods. The black rice, once known as the forbidden rice, has more health promoting properties than blueberries and is better than brown rice. Purple carrots are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. See the recipe below for all the other good ingredients.

Black rice and purple carrot salad 
(Serves 2)

1 cup non-glutinous black rice
grated zest of 1 lime
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
1 teaspoon tamari
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
5 small purple carrots, coarsely grated
1/2 pomegranate, seeds
2 shallot greens/spring onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, finely chopped
peppery greens, to serve

 Cook the black rice in boiling water until soft (30 minutes). Drain and place in a large bowl.
       Add in all ingredients and toss well to combine. Serve with peppery greens (rocket, mizuna, etc.)

visit Scandi Foodie for more beautiful recipes 



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