Pippa Small Jewellery

Pippa Small has developed several collections in Myanmar in collaboration with local designers.

The designs in these collections are inspired by ancient ornaments, beads and jewellery from the Pyu era (200 BCE - 900 CE). The collections celebrate the beauty, quality and creativity of the traditional hand crafting that people of this time and region practiced and explores their wonderful motifs. The Pyu civilization was one of the earliest Buddhist cultures in South East Asia and it is possible to identify symbols and themes from this period which still deeply resonate today.

Some of the motifs in this collection include:

Butterflies, birds and fish play main characters in this collection. Butterflies symbolize the soul, Wut-nyin-laik-pya is a Burmese term meaning soul-butterfly, it’s believed that at the end of our lives our soul-butterfly escapes, soaring through the universe, encountering other soul-butterflies.

Mythical birds such as the Hinthar bird and the pair of owls are also represented in this collection, owls are well known for bringing good luck in business and in life. The technique employed in the crafting of the fish is inspired by palm woven figures of toys created during traditional festivals throughout the year.