Leena Salim sat with the manager of Select Boutique The Thiripyitsaya Yukiko Sekihara to get acquainted with treasures from Myanmar.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOUTIQUE
Select Boutique the Thiripyitsaya ~jewels & textiles~, located in Sakura Residence as part of Sakura Group, offers a wide variety of selected pieces representative of Myanmar culture. Thiripyitsaya is the perfect place for gifts and souvenirs both for visitors exploring Myanmar culture and Yangon residents. With a Japanese manager, we offer service in English, Japanese and Burmese.
WHEN IT COMES TO GEMS AND JEWELLERY, WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM THE OTHERS
Since we are a “Select Boutique,” we collect various designs of jewellery from different goldsmiths. As our clients are from different nationalities, their tastes are also diversified. We strive to have a design for everybody, from petite detailed ones to large bold designs.
WHO SETS THE DESIGNS AND WHERE ARE THEY MADE
Gems are from Myanmar and setting is also done here by well-experienced goldsmiths. However, we do have several items which are set in Tokyo and Hong Kong for variation within the collection.
DO BUYERS GET A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
Yes, we provide certificates of authenticity for all jewellery over US$500, saving you the time and expense of having it checked later. Of course, we can arrange certificates to be made upon request for other items as well.
YOU ALSO HAVE A RANGE OF BEAUTIFUL FABRICS AND ARTWORKS. DO TELL
Textiles are also another treasure of Myanmar. For example, lotus fabric, which people from all over the world adore, was originally developed in Inle. Another beautiful delicate shawl series is made from natural dyed silk – no chemicals used whatsoever – and even uses hand spun silk..
DOES YOUR COLLECTION CHANGE BY THE SEASON
New pieces are added on to our collection every time we find special products from across the nation. We also gather/change items per clients’ requests and tastes. You can check the new items on our Facebook, along with promotions we have throughout the year.
WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND SOMEONE WHO’S IN MYANMAR FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A KEEPSAKE
Definitely Ruby and Sapphire jewellery, as these gems found in Myanmar are considered the best in the world! But it isn’t just Ruby and Sapphire that Myanmar is famous for. Jade, South Sea Pearl, Bagan Lacquerware, Lotus Fabric, Gem Art, and Shan Coffee are also other examples of the many riches of Myanmar. Best part, you can find them all in our Boutique! Come check us out on Inya Road!