Thursday, December 01, 2016

Thai Village Handmade Crafts: Sewing for Sustainability

The other week when walking up the stairs at church, I noticed a colorful display of handicrafts.  Couldn't pass that up, now could I? In front of me were well-crafted handmade jewelry, bags & purses, an adorable stitched Noah's Ark, tin ornaments, and much more. The embroidery designs were characteristically Hmong, reminiscent of what I had seen in Thailand and Myanmar.

 A young woman standing nearby told me more about the non-profit organization based in Thailand and initiated by WELS Kingdom Workers. She shared with me a brochure which stated the mission: "Through the production of handicrafts, we seek to develop long-term relationships with artisans and encourage self-sufficiency by providing opportunities for vocational training, Christian education and higher education, made possible by not-for-profit sales." The organization also helps support community health and development, literacy and children's programs, and Bible education.

Bible Cover - Hmong design
Each item is designed and produced by local Thai artisans who earn living wages in fair-working conditions. The products are a team-effort, involving several people to create each piece. 100% of each donation is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.
Over my years of traveling internationally, I have sought out cooperatives and other organizations that promote self-sustainability, empowering and training locals and promoting their unique crafts. A win-win for all!
Hmong Coin Purses
Nativity Set 

If you're looking for a unique gift or simply want to donate, check out the Thai Village website

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