Borderline Collective is located in Mae Sot, which is about the closest you get to Myanmar, while still being on the Thai side of the border. The shop/restaurant/art gallery/creative space was started with the purpose of supporting migrant and refugee women from Myanmar, by helping the women sell their handmade products. The women are organized in smaller, autonomous, collectives based in the small villages along the border, and Borderline Collective provides a space for the women to showcase their products, and thus reach a larger customer base.
Borderline also runs a restaurant, Tea Garden, which is located right behind the shop. The food is vegetarian versions of delicious Myanmar food, and if you want to learn how to make the dishes, you can sign up for a cooking class, which also includes a tour to the local market.
One stair up, Borderline Collective has its own art gallery, where local artists can display their pieces, and collaborate on exhibitions and theme nights. Borderline Collective is such a friendly and creative oasis, so if you are visiting Mae Sot, make sure you also visit Borderline Collective. Food? Art? Handicraft? You have all the reasons in the world to stop by this wonderful place.
Borderline Collective, 674/14 Intharakeeree Road, Mae Sot, Thailand