Mekong: Mother of Water and More Than a River

Mekong: Mother of Water and More Than a River

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by James

What starts with elephant ear fish and ends with jack fruit? Lunch on the Mekong Delta after a full week rolling out production of the latest collection. Nina invited a lucky few staff from the Saigon office to see her inspiration for the Mekong Collection this past weekend.

We left motorbike-happy Saigon for the motorboats of the Mekong at Cai Be early on Saturday morning. Shaded by droopy banyan trees, we boarded a slender wooden riverboat and puttered past a green carpet of water hyacinth into the silty brown Mekong with our guide Hoa.  For the rest of the weekend, she led us by boat, bike, and foot to not only see the river, but also the islands where skilled women produce most of the food and crafts of the region.

The Mekong River is a defining feature of southeast Asia. The river flows from the Tibetan Plateau through five countries before emptying into the sea south of Saigon. The meandering braids of the richly biodiverse delta literally shape the landscape. The name translates to Mother-of-Water because these waters bring life to the countless communities, farms, and ecosystems along its fabled path.

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In the next post, I’ll share more about the memorable foods and flavors of the Mekong Delta, like bug-eyed elephant ear fish and the world’s largest tree-borne fruit. Inspiration didn’t happen on an empty stomach!



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