Léonel sur la route dans le nord de la Thaïlande

Leonel

Born in Buenos Aires, he grew up cradled by the thousand and one stories of his adventurous archaeologist dad, half-pirate, half-mercenary. He decided, at the age of 18, to set off to discover the world, heading for Senegal (in 1995), aboard a two-horse boat, passing through Mauritania. 6 months in North India, and the discovery of Thailand in the process. , confirms its aspirations . From now on he will work to travel.

In 2001 he was selling Provençal fabric in old Nice when he met Isabelle.

Isabella

A childhood and adolescence spent abroad (Congo, Gabon,

Reunion Island, Cameroon) gave him a taste for travel and a fascination for the cultures of the world.

Passionate about visual arts, she decided to take a BTS in decorative painting in Nice in 2001. It was there that she met Léonel.

voyage dans le nord du Laos
North Laos

Itsara: libre.s

From 2003, Isabelle put painting aside and followed Léonel.

Together they discover Nepal, Burma, Laos and always Thailand, off the beaten track. The culture, the history, the cuisine, the landscapes, the people, the ethnic groups... Everything fascinates them.

They begin by selling clothes in cotton, linen and hemp, spun and woven by hand (in Issan, a rural province in the northeast of Thailand), in the markets of the South of France in the summer, where they live in caravans for a few years. . Increasingly fascinated by the crafts and culture of the ethnic groups of the North, a meeting tells them about pure silver jewelry, made by craftsmen of the Karen tribe, in a village 100 km from Chiang Mai. They then discover magnificent reproductions of traditional jewelry from the ethnic groups of the golden triangle. It's love at first sight .

A year later, in 2007, it was while discussing with a woman of the Lizu ethnic group, in a remote hamlet in the mountains of the North, that this word was uttered for the first time: "it'sara: freedom, free". It's decided, it will be him who will name the beginning of this adventure!

Are you curious?

Discover the craftsmen , the beautiful village of Na Saï and its temple in the North of Thailand or the Karen ethnic group.

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