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.
Stories of diverse culture
Click on the photos, in the slideshow above, to read stories from the many cultures within Laos.
Muang Sing Festival Tour November 2019
Join us for a 7 day/6 night tour departing Luang Prabang on 8th November to Luang Namtha, Muang Sing and Udomxai. Experience an unusual multicultural gathering at the Xieng Tung Stupa Festival, with great photo opportunities of many different costumes. There will be craft workshops with our producers and local food tastings. See here for more details.
Our second home, Singapore
Continuing our partnership with the The Green Collective, we have now opened in the newly refurbished Funan Mall in Singapore, with a selection of homewares, clothing, accessories, jewellery and lifestyle products. The Green Collective congregates sustainable and eco-friendly brands in a convenient retail space, with workshops and events too. Please note our presence with The Green Collective in Kinex Mall closed 02 Sep, but watch out, The Green Collective is always looking for new opportunities.
New Workshop - Paper Making
A fun hands-on experience with locals at the "Paper Village". Learn about the process of making paper from mulberry bark, make and decorate your own piece from natural ingredients and make a start lantern. 3 hours, morning or afternoon and includes transfers from your accommodation.
Visiting Luang Prabang?
- 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 readers (reading glasses) to our communities of weavers, embroiderers, to help with their eyesight. Grades from 1.5 -2.5 are welcome. If you are coming in the cooler months, Nov-Jan, and have some used winter clothes in good condition you can donate, leave them with us and we can take them to the Red Cross.