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Who Made Your Clothes?

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Who Made Your Clothes?
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.  And also through companies like our own, you can choose to wear artisan pieces, handwoven cloth, and contribute to village economies. 

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Insights from a trip to America with two weavers

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Insights from a trip to America with two weavers
How Ma Te Sai headed off to America with two Lao weavers for the Santa Fe International Art Market, and some observations.

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What makes TaiLeu cotton so good?

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What makes TaiLeu cotton so good?
A love affair with Taileu cotton and how the people, culture and traditions shape their weaving to make it so good. Published in Garland Magazine Issue 6.

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In Search of the Comb

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In Search of the Comb
Today, you may only identify the Kui (pronounced Gway) people by a comb worn in the front of the women’s hair. And not all the women wear this. However Say, our driver, guide and true lover of the unknown, was in search of a Kui village, an ethnic group he had not met.

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A morning with the Akha Phouly, from the village behind the cliff.

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A morning with the Akha Phouly, from the village behind the cliff.
It was dark when we arrived at the Muang Long market and the vendors themselves were still arriving and claiming their square. The Akha Pouly women were over in the corner, and it felt good over there. I would go around the market to see what was for sale, take another turn to see what had sold, but, I best liked the corner with the Akha women.

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