All Bashara jewelry is handmade by young people from Myanmar at our factory in Mae Sot, Thailand. We provide our workers with stable employment in a safe and clean environment. All the young ladies making jewelry come from impoverished backgrounds, most growing up in refugee camps in Thailand after fleeing violence in their villages.
Shine Lino is the jewelry division supervisor at the factory. He learned to speak English from a NGO while growing up in a refugee camp in Thailand. His responsibilities include teaching staff to make designs, managing materials, and maintaining quality. Shine Lino recently got a motorcycle and his driver’s license.
Elly Bashara started making jewelry while attending Montana State University in the early 1990s. After graduating, she opened a boutique in Downtown Bozeman and began selling her creations there. Her first trip to Thailand was in 2001 when she went with a friend to purchase textiles, silver, and handicrafts in Chiang Mai. In the Spring of 2014, she closed her boutique after a hard fought battle with cancer to focus on making jewelry. This led her back to Thailand for materials and in 2016 she partnered with long time friends that own a large Fly tying factory in Mae Sot. Now Elly’s designs are made at the same factory as the fishing flies, allowing a exception level of quality and craftsmanship.