The beginnings of Arasia-Shop

Thailand

It all started in 2005, when during my first trip to Asia, I fell in love with Thailand!

Bangkok by night

This country is also known as “the land of smiles” and it was not a metaphor at the time. Victim of its tourist success, things have changed somewhat since…

I was seduced by the beauty and diversity of the landscapes and by the warm welcome of the inhabitants. From there was born my passion for Asian culture, the finesse of its craftsmanship, the kindness and spiritual wisdom of its inhabitants, as well as its incredible culinary richness, its spicy and tasty dishes…

So I naturally wanted to create Arasia to share all my discoveries with you!

Cambodia

After several months in Thailand with Jérôme, the co-creator of Arasia, we continued our adventure in Cambodia.

After an incredible journey in a dilapidated coach, we visited the sumptuous ruins of Angkor. Then we continued to the capital Phnom Penh, then the seaside resort Sihanoukville. Finally we discovered “Rabbit Island”, a quiet island without any civilization, road or means of communication near the Vietnamese border.

Cambodia is a very poor country, with a very violent history, which has deeply affected us.

Indonesia

During our second Asian trip in 2008 we landed in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. We suffered an impressive cyclone following which the city was largely flooded for several days. Everything stopped, there was no longer any means of communication and it was almost impossible to leave the city.

Once things were back to normal, we headed to Bali, “The Island of the Gods”. I had my second crush, for this island full of charm, traditions and spirituality!

Malaysia and India

We visited modern Kuala Lumpur, then crossed northern Malaysia by bus to the Thai border. From there we flew to South India with Chennai, Pondicherry and Auroville, then Mabalipuram, Cochin and Goa.

I discovered India, a fascinating and refined country, with millions of Gods and facets!

It is quite naturally that we came up with the idea of setting up a website offering articles from these countries! Now Jérôme has left Arasia and I continue to manage the shop with as much pleasure as at the beginning!

It’s a job that suits me very well and that gives me many opportunities: to meet interesting people, to travel, to visit places outside the tourist circuits, and to combine business with pleasure 🙂

The poncho: a practical fashion accessory

Both ancestral and contemporary, the poncho is a garment that is part of the Peruvian textile tradition. The poncho has cross time and borders : present in Asia, but also in the Incas, Nazcas and Paracas cultures.

Here is the history of the poncho, the secrets of its popularity today, and the many ways to wear it.

Origins and history of the poncho

The poncho is a typical garment and a traditional heritage of Peru, it is designed as a simple coat that protected people from the cold of winter. It consists of a thick piece of fabric in the shape of a rectangle, cut in the middle to allow the head to pass. The fabric falls on the body and allows the arms to move freely.

Arasia-Shop whoolen poncho

The wool poncho is an outer garment that was originally used by the country folk and was a must for traveling on horseback. It is an ideal garment for protection against rain, dust, hot and cold. Among the Peruvians, each man had his own poncho and its use depended on the context and the situation.

In winter, the poncho was wrapped around the body to protect it from the cold, and in hot weather it was worn around the shoulder. On horseback, it was either wrapped around the belt or worn naturally to protect the body and thighs. The wool poncho was also widely used as a blanket for sleeping.

Why is the poncho so successful?

The poncho is a timeless piece of clothing that has crossed time and borders without aging. It can be worn in many ways and brings style, comfort and elegance. Whether at home or in the street, the poncho offers a relaxed style as well as a bohemian and ethnic look.

It is a garment that brings a cocooning aspect, while being chic and trendy and above all very practical. The poncho is indeed easy to wear and effectively protects from the cold and rain, and this is what makes it so popular.

If originally the poncho was worn in winter, for protection reasons, today it has been able to transform into a real fashion phenomenon, available in several versions. The ways to wear it are endless, and its cut advantageously emphasizes the silhouette by highlighting the legs. Just pair the poncho with slim fit jeans or leather pants and heeled ankle boots to be perfectly stylish.

How to wear the poncho in style?

The poncho easily adapts to all styles, all body types, and whatever the occasion. It certainly does not replace a large coat or down jacket but it is perfect in the fall period, to keep warm, with style and elegance.

The poncho is a garment that instantly revamps an outfit, even the most basic and classic. Do not hesitate to adopt it, for a furiously trendy look. Inspired by Latin American cultures, it brings an ethnic and fantasy style. You have the choice between a modern poncho that you find in supermarkets, or a handcrafted poncho, with Nepalese know-how.

Hand Made by Nepalese Art Craft Men

The poncho in total black look

Being considered a universal coat, the black poncho is suitable for sophisticated outfits as well as a chic look. It is perfectly suited to all types of occasions and can be worn with a black dress or black pants. The total black look with a poncho is easy to compose, practical, and elegant.

Daring colors with the poncho

Originally, the poncho was made with organic fibers, and the peoples of America who wore it favored natural colors. Thus, the dominant colors were brown, burgundy, black or beige.

Today the range of colors and shades is much more varied and richer. It is found in the tones that are the trend of each winter and it adapts easily to all fashions. The modern poncho never goes unnoticed and it attracts attention by the class it brings to an outfit.

It comes in bright colors like red, pink or bright yellow, to enhance a classic outfit or to emphasize a more sober look. Otherwise a poncho in soft pastel colors is ideal for gray days to add some sunshine.

Dare the colorful poncho with a short skirt and boots, or with pants in classic colors.

Wear a poncho with a short dress

What if you could enjoy the good weather while staying warm under your poncho? According to your desires, and the colors you like, associate a light poncho with a dress in the same tones or black. Whether in cool weather or on milder days, the poncho will adapt and bring you the necessary comfort.

Don’t hesitate to try the black poncho with ethnic patterns, over a little black dress, for a chic and trendy look.

Add a beanie or hat

Get inspired by the peoples of America, and reproduce their look, by matching your poncho with a beanie. Whether with a modern hat or with a woolen hat, you can play with accessories to bring more style to your outfit.

Adopt a boho chic style with a poncho

If you are a fan of the hippie style or the bohemian trend, then the poncho is the garment you need. It is a fashion accessory that has re-appeared in the West with the rise of the hippie movement. This style has been so successful that today it has become a fashion must-have.

For a boho chic look, the poncho can be worn with a long dress, playing on layers of colors and tones.

Adapt the poncho to your body type

If you are small, prefer the graphic-chic poncho, with a contrast of colors at the edges. If you are taller, you can play it elegant by wearing your bohemian-chic poncho. For women who have a few curves, it is better to adopt flexible materials such as mesh, for a cool and easy-going style.

Ethnic fashion, the harem pants and the brand ARASIA

Ethnic fashion is a set of clothing criteria that invites the eye in a colorful trip.

It a style that seeks to be authentic, refined with sometimes a spiritual meaning and a strong exoticism influence.

Outfits from afar

Ethnic fashion is inspired by the traditional attire or dresses of numerous Asian, African, etc. ethnicities. It is a mix of many styles with a wide range of varieties that have common features:

• Ethnic clothing is often colorful or even multicolored with fringes, feathers, and beads
• The fabrics bear geometrics or stylized patterns such as elephants, spiritual figures, trees, flowers and animals…
• The jewelry is made from natural and raw materials as wood, leather, rope and is sometimes adorned with small shells, mirrors semi-precious stones and/or metal.
• Ethnic fashion is mostly hand-made and from an age-old traditional expertise practiced by tribes, ethnicities and craftsmen of the world.

A trendy trend

Those traditional dress codes are now used by fashion designers who updated them. Ethnic fashion can be chic as well as inexpensive but it is always laden with history and symbolism.

Arasia Shop, Etnic Boutic

You can find in our online shop Arasia clothes inspired by Asian ethnicity such as the Hmong – they live in the mountains between China, Thailand and Vietnam – characterized by singular and original prints.
You can also fin on our website the typical Thai pants !

Arasia-Shop: the findings of a traveler …

We invite you to take a moment to relax and travel with us…

It’s probably because I was born under the sun of Martinique, a beautyful french island of the Carribbean sea … but I have always felt an irresistible urge to venture elsewhere: the distant horizons are at the heart of my dreams … and my life !
Travel wise, I’ve immerged myself into foreign cultures, admiring particularly the Asian culture: my favorite countries are Thailand, Indonesia, India or Nepal.
I like to share my findings, and I often talk on facebook, twitter, or on my blog!

Arasia-Shop, the story of a small human and fair trade!

In France, I worked in markets with street vendors and I gradually started to sell my findings … Over time and meetings, I have established relationships with small craftsmen and willingness to work fairly imposed itself on me as obvious:
Respect people and the value of their work, contribute (even on a small scale!) The development of the local economy, offer prices that are both accessible and fair and encourage environmentally responsible solutions … So many objectives, many steps, gradually defined in Arasia’s Code of Ethics .

Today, I still think about the best ways to take action:

ArasiaShop is part of the Toulouse Network Social Economy and Solidarity SOL Violette
During my next trip, I would give more space to natural materials such as organic cotton and natural dyes.
You can officially contribute to the fight against deforestation by helping me to plant trees in India.

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Enjoy your visit to Arasia-Shop!

The Laws of Karma

Karma is a key concept in many religions and Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Hinduism.

Karma is the result of consequences of our past, present and future. It is a cause-effect cycle.

In life, our experiences are the result of our own actions and thoughts.

We are responsible for our karma, and to improve it, it is essential to act with positive intentions and compassion.

The most important is the intention of our actions, in other words if you do commit a negative action unintentionally, the karmic consequences will be lessened.

Good intentions lead to pleasant outcomes and eventually happiness and bad intentions lead to unpleasant outcomes and thus misery.

Karma is the seed that you plant: you reap what you sow!

This is the law of cause and effect and retribution for our actions!

Principles to cleanse your karma:

be thankful
act with love
watch your attitude
examine your motivations
forgive others

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