From the Village, For the Village
Ma Té Sai means “where is it from?” in Lao language. We select and co-create beautiful gifts, textiles and homewares handmade by people from villages across Laos. Some of our artisans are from remote and rural Laos, making traditional handicraft; some are farmers growing local produce; and some are disadvantaged, working in city centres, where they are developing new skills and a better life.
All are proud and happy to share their skills and traditions with you. we want you to share this connection with our artisans as much as we want to ensure them a fair and sustainable income.
Thank you to all our customers in Singapore and online who helped us purchasing recycled paper products from the Lao Disabled Women's Development Centre. Not only did you help by buying our items so we can buy more from them, but also with our promotion of 20% of sales to be donated back, we were able to give 640,000kip to their centre, to help pay for food for their vocational students.
Dreaming of Luang Prabang?
Luang Prabang has been relatively unscathed by Covid19. 3 cases were reported, now recovered, 0 deaths and after a brief lockdown, since early May we have been living life as normal but without any tourists. Many businesses are suffering, and many staff now unemployed. Although the Lao borders are not open, when they do, we hope you will consider Luang Prabang as a safe destination.
For authentic touring and Mekong splendour go with our sister company www.bananaboatlaos.com.
The best maps available for the area are on www.hobomaps.com.
Want to donate items? We always take reading glasses to our of weavers, embroiderers, to help with their eyesight. Grades from 1.5 -2.5 are welcome. We also take educational items such as Big Brother Mouse books and stationary to remote schools so you can also donate these items, we can purchase on your behalf and give you a receipt.
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