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.
Sharing for our more needy producers
The recent outbreak of Covid19 in the capital of Laos has not made it any easier for our friends at the Lao Disabled Women's Development Centre. Some staff are working remotely and struggling to keep projects running smoothly, and income coming in for the daily running of the centre.
So we are expanding our range of sustainable jewellery, adding some silk thread necklaces and earrings, along with some recycled paper necklaces, and eye-glass lanyards.
Available online, instore in Luang Prabang and @thegreencollective.sg.
New Men's Shirts Helping the Fight in Trafficking
Introducing our new men's shirts in collaboration with @hijinkclothing, helping victims and women at risk of trafficking. Thomas here wears the one button shirt in brown weave, from our Phutai weavers in Savannakhet, and sewn at Sengsavang.
Since 2016 Ma Té Sai has partnered with Sengsavang, a centre for victims and women at risk of trafficking. They have a successful sewing centre, tailoring for the local community and for us. Learn more about Sengsavang here.
June 20 is Father's Day in some countries. So why not #shopforgood and #shopsmall if you are celebrating.
Dreaming of Luang Prabang?
As vaccines roll out in Lao PDR, we unfortuanately are experiencing Covid-19 cases. We are unsure when borders will open but meanwhile can export, and help our artisans with whatever business we can generate with our retail partners in Singapore, and customers worldwide.
We are still travelling to work with our communities when it is possible. You can donate items if you wish. We always take reading glasses to our of weavers, embroiderers, to help with their eyesight. Grades from 1.5 -2.5 are most needed. We also take educational items such as Big Brother Mouse books and stationary to remote schools. And we support a temple across the Mekong with food. If you would like to help we can purchase items on your behalf and give you a receipt.
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