Ethical and ethnic fashion and decoration

Giving Burmese women a future and promoting local know-how

YounSone was created in 2019 to offer training and jobs to disadvantaged young women while promoting traditional know-how. YounSone means "colorful" in the Burmese language and expresses the rich diversity of cultures, religions, ethnicities and traditions of Myanmar.

 

Our products are made from Longyi, the traditional skirt worn by women and men from Myanmar. Each Longyi is hand woven with unique patterns and colors. YounSone transforms them into contemporary objects for everyday use that enhance these traditional patterns.

We are convinced that there is a strong potential for transformation of these ancestral activities. They offer a future for young Burmese women and a sustainable, eco-responsible and exciting prospect for the rural community.

 

With YounSone we share our passion and Burmese culture in the world.

 

Our products

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Provide jobs for disable Burmese women

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Create modern objects inspired by Burmese traditions

Maintain and develop the unique know-how of Burmese crafts

YounSone was born from the observation that it is not enough to give training to disadvantaged young people but that it is important to allow them access to employment.

Women in Myanmar have even fewer opportunities for education and employment. They are further marginalized. Many of them migrate illegally to work and hold dangerous jobs or become victims of human trafficking.

YounSone trains them and provides them with stable and lasting employment. Some join the team full time and may develop new skills. Others work from home and can care for their families while having a fixed income and avoiding long and costly transportation.

YounSone seeks to preserve the Burmese tradition and culture by transforming traditional fabrics into contemporary clothing and decorative items. We value the cultural heritage and bring it up to date. This strengthens the pride of women from these provinces and increases their self-confidence.

All parts of Myanmar have an impressive heritage of traditional clothing. We wanted to use this cultural richness and enhance it in our products. Each motif found on the longyis comes from the different emblems of the 8 Burmese tribes: Kachin, Kayar, Karen, Chin, Mon, Bamar, Rahkine and Shan.

Most of the fabrics are woven and embroidered by hand. In each village, there are men and women who still master this skill. Young people tend to abandon these activities which are not necessarily valued by the modern world.

We buy our fabrics from women in poor villages or in refugee camps (many people have been displaced by civil wars in the north of the country). We strive to pay a fair price. We are keen to preserve local practices, such as natural dyes.

What we do

How to help?

Donate

In response to the global Covid-19 crisis, we started fundraising on helloasso. This collection aims to allow the survival of YounSone despite the closure of all stores and the cessation of all activities related to tourism. We need your support to continue to provide a future for young women in Myanmar and hope that our project can withstand this crisis.

Donation collection link:

https://www.helloasso.com/associations/fondacio/collectes/youn-sone

Become a volunteer

You want to help us but you don't know where to start?

Volunteering is an effective way to support our cause. Every action counts for the construction of a better world.

Do you want to immerse yourself for a few months in Myanmar and bring your skills to the team?

Would you like to help us sell the items in France?

Contact us today to help us and contribute to the YounSone adventure.

Become a partner

Our products are successfully distributed in Yangon by HlaDay , a leading Fair Trade store. Inle Heritage also offers them to the many tourists who come to discover this region of Inle.

We are looking for distributors in France and in Europe to publicize the project and the products as well as to ensure regular income.

You can also organize exceptional sales at home or at an event.


Do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information and a complete catalog.