SHOPPING WITH CONFIDENCE - For international buyers we have worldwide flyer rates with DHL approx. US$25. Shipments go out weekly, orders in by 12noon Tuesday. For Singapore buyers we have US$4 flat delivery rate and FREE delivery for purchases over $40.
In January I was invited by the British Council to tell the story of Ma Te Sai, at a conference which exposed different Southeast Asian business models to Burmese producers, and shared knowledge of the region. It gave me incredible impetus to keep moving forward, mutually developing with our artisans.
Bai Leehas been making products and teaching embroidery classes with Ma Té Sai for four years now. These classes help supplement income for the family. Extended families live together and relatives often visit those living in town, so there are always many mouths to feed. She started sewing when she was about four years old.
February in Luang Namtha province is “paper making season”. The Lanten people make bamboo paper for three months during the dry season. Made for their own ceremonial use, they also sell it to Hmong people.
Jungle Vine or "Piad", pronunced pee -ad, in Lao, is a versatile plant fibre used to make nets and bags. A while ago I visited a Khmu village near Udomxai where they make a lot of jungle vine. A marketing group in Udomxai fashion the vine into different products, purses and bags, to capture a wider audience.
Do you often think about how much stuff you have? Every time you move home, does the amount of contents always surprise you? A wonderfully, maybe a little overtly, organised Japanese woman is making a living out of creating home order and concentrating on possessions that "spark joy!