The story behind the needlework of the Laos women stretches over 1,000 years. Their tradition and skill is continued through CAMACRAFTS, a fair trade enterprise whose products such as purses, coasters, pillow covers and wall hangings are available in our Fair trade shop.
As a not-for profit CAMACRAFTS aims to guide the local villages towards self-sufficiency by generating income through preserving and promoting the traditional craft techniques. The earnings from their work are often the only source of cash income, used to supply food, access medicines and provide their children with education.
CAMACRAFTS products are made entirely by hand by the Lao and Hmong village women, using traditional needlework skills such as Hmong applique, cross stitch, batik and embroidery. The result is finely crafted, durable and intricately decorated handicrafts.