Fair Trade and Our Weavers
We have worked with the Thai Craft Association, a certified member of the International Fair Trade Organization, for many years and share its commitment to fair pay and healthy working conditions. During 25+ years working in Thailand we've seen our weavers improve their daily lives in meeting nutritional, educational and other needs through sales of their needlework, hand-woven fabrics and other products. This added income promotes harmonious family life and creates self esteem while maintaining indigenous textile traditions.
Our Thai artisans are part of the OTOP (One Tambun One Product) local production program of the Royal Thai Government. We visit our weavers annually to maintain our partnerships and to ensure the well-being, health and safety of the workers as well as the quality of their products.
Since 1981 Good Shepherd Sisters in Nong Khai Thailand has been dedicated to preventing and eradicating human trafficking through their training center for young at-risk girls. Here the girls are provided safety and learn weaving and other developmental skills while they build new lives and new futures. Over 900 families have benefitted from the work of the Sisters and we are pleased to offer their very special ikat-patterned hand-woven fabrics. Patricia Cheesman of Naenna Studio in Chiang Mai, Thailand founded "Weavers for the Environment" and initiated a new waste treatment system for dyers in local villages. She actively promotes safe dye and eco-weaving practices while educating artisans about natural dyes and sources for sustainable gardens. The Thai government now certifies hand weavers and dyers who graduate from their "Green Product" safety program through the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion.
Mekong River Textiles is dedicated to promoting and sustaining traditional textiles of mainland SE Asia through development of the textile arts and support of its women weavers. Thank you for your patronage!