The Beat - A pulse on our findings and adventures — design

Designing by Warp

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Designing by Warp
The Taileu ethnic groups are known for their exceptional weaving skills and passion for colour. We work with one group based in a rural town six hours north of Luang Prabang We have always loved their soft cotton, array of natural colours, so much so we had to work with them for our modern ombrė designs. 

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Unleashing Creativity in Luang Namtha

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Unleashing Creativity in Luang Namtha

This  year Ma Te Sai has embarked on it's second sewing skills program with village artisans. We have 20 trainees from 6 different ethnic groups and villages in the Luang Namtha area, in remote Northern Laos.
Why do we train women to sew? It lets us follow our mission; a mission to work with women in remote areas and create finished products in their villages to earn a better living. But what we actually get in return is so much more, let me tell you how much more. 

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Tai Leu Textures : White Flower

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Tai Leu Textures : White Flower

This texture is one of our all time favorites from the original Sabai Collection. Using a traditional pattern woven with the same color in the warp and the weft, we have designed a luxurious, well-balanced texture. Long wefts float across the face of the fabric to create a soft, rippling appearance while preserving the traditional pattern, the Tai Leu "Small Flower".      The Small Flower pattern is another common Tai Leu Design that we have altered to fit into the modern home. From a distance or at glance it may read as a texture, but when wrapped up in one of...

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The Tai Leu Chevron

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The Tai Leu Chevron
Last fall a customer came to us requesting a basic chevron pattern. Initially, we were reluctant. How could we create something that would satisfy their request, but still stay true to the spirit of a Tai Leu Textile? 

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