The Beat - A pulse on our findings and adventures

Designing by Warp

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 th...
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From War Scraps to Spoons to Jewellery

From War Scraps to Spoons to Jewellery

We have been working with Phet and his wife, Bouatong, since we started Ma Te Sai in 2010. Phet has been casting aluminium objects in moulds all his life. He lives in a small village in Xiengkhouan...
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Bamboo weaving, weaving its way out?

Bamboo weaving, weaving its way out?

Meet Phaeng! Phaeng is from a small village of 70 houses, nestled in the bend of the Namkhan River, just outside of Luang Prabang. We have been collaborating with Phaeng for over 4 years. She is on...
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Unleashing Creativity in Luang Namtha

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 No...
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Hmong New Year, Luang Prabang 2018

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 o...
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Off to Selangor with a TaiLeu Crew

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 kn...
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