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.
Gift Cards Now Available & Online Shopping
JUNE 1 UPDATE - Due to Covid19 our store in Luang Prabang is open and we are working on orders, however Lao Post is not operating yet so our packages are delayed. DHL is operating however this ads substantially to our shipping cost of small items. Currently our online shop is set up for Lao Post, but we can quote the difference for DHL, albeit there are limited sending dates.
Our store @TheGreenCollective.sg in Funan Mall, Singapore is closed until mid-June or later.
However if you would like to help artisans of Laos during this time feel free to buy a gift card, then you can use at anytime!
New Luang Prabang partnership
Since 2006 the Buddhist Heritage Project continues to support and encourage initiatives of the Buddhist community in the fields of education, preservation of its cultural, religious and historical heritage, and on-site environment management. This year, as part of the Vocational School of Arts, they converted some disused classrooms into a wood working studio and in support we have collaborated with them to support, with wooden textile hangers, below and more. Read all about it here.
Planning to visit Luang Prabang?
Luang Prabang has been relatively unscathed by Covid19. 3 cases were reported, 0 deaths and a lock down until 3 May. 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 readers (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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