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Hmong New Year

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Hmong New Year

In Luang Prabang, just before the town goes crazy with Christmas vacationeers, there is the Hmong New Year festival.  This year the Hmong Association bought a large piece of land on the outskirts of town, so now the festival has a permanent home. And this year was my first visit to the festival, or what is known as "raising the mountain".  This is the fun after the 3 days of new year celebration within the house, where there are family meals honouring parents and in-laws, cleansing rituals, souls are released and offerings are made to the God of Wealth, amongst...

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Off to Selangor with a TaiLeu Crew

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Off to Selangor with a TaiLeu Crew

When our business partners in Malaysia LokaLocal suggested we may be interested in participating in the Indigenous Arts Festival in Selangor, I must admit, I had to ask where's Selangor?  Now I know it's the state that surrounds the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. In a taxi only 20 minutes from KL Sentral, so we are going to Kuala Lumpur, which makes it easier when coercing my TaiLeu sewers to dance, cook sticky rice and boil natural dyes. Fortunately they jumped at the chance to travel and immediately applied for passports, so here we go! Arriving in Kuala Lumpur we were met...

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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? What could we create to stand out  among the vast sea of machine made zigzags being pumped out all over the world? Fortunately, Brittany, who has a degree in textile design, has an understanding of weaving, motifs and how they are  repeated, she was able to visualise the possibilities.  And the Tai Leu Chevron was born! ​​ ​Pictured below are examples of a very common...

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Who Made Your Clothes?

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Who Made Your Clothes?

23-29 April is Fashion Revolution Week- Meet the Makers behind Ma Té Sai Five years of fashion revolution. Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, which killed 1138 people, there has been a movement to ask brands for more transparency.  Now wearers should know where their clothing comes from, or at least ask. We have the ability to slow down fashion by consuming less, refashioning more, and wearing it out. And also through companies like our own, you can choose to wear artisan pieces, handwoven cloth, and contribute to village economies. So this week we are showing you who...

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