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Who was Sylvia?

Singapore's renaissance woman, Sylvia Kho (1917–2013), was an innovator and entrepreneur in the arts of fashion, beauty and decoration. She not only changed the course of local sartorial currents, but created a whole new industry centred around one of society's most important rites of passage – the institution of marriage, and she is well-remembered by hundreds of local and regional brides from the 1950s to the 1970s. What is a little less well known is the story of her life, which is nothing short of amazing.Sylvia started the trend of wearing summer "straw hats" at weddings. © Justin OngSylvia’s Parents…

A Dying Tradition

The clanging of hammers on metal, echoing through the back alleys of Bangkok, sounds out a fading tradition...In the face of globalisation, numerous traditional arts face extinction. In Thailand, one craft on the brink of extinction is the making of monks’ alms bowls by hand. It is common to see Buddhist monks wandering through the country with these bowls, collecting offerings from devotees – a custom that dates back thousands of years. The tradition of handcrafting alms bowls is just as old.However, now that most bowls are mass-produced in factories, these niche craft communities have died out… save one: Bangkok’s…

Magical Tattoos

© Shutterstock.Screaming men charge through the lines of soldiers and paramedics protecting the temple's shrine – they are possessed by the decorative and magical Sak Yant tattoos that have been etched into their skin.

Vanishing Roots

A Cambodian community protects its sacred forest In Cambodia’s northern Prey Lang forest, one of the last remaining lowland evergreen forests in Southeast Asia, the indigenous Kuy community is organising itself to preserve its roots, traditions, and protect the land to which it belongs.Hon and his son walk through the rice fields outside their village. The Kuy are the biggest indigenous community in Cambodia. © Antoine Raab.

Revisiting the Samurai

The Samurai were the warrior clans of medieval Japan, immortalised in literature and in art.© Shutterstock

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