Fair trade and organic shops in Asia

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Cambodia

Phnom Penh

Association des Artisans du Cambodge

  • House 11B, Street 240, Phnom Penh
  • AAC is a fair trade association providing commercial and capacity building services to social enterprises that work closely with disadvantaged people. Its shop offers a fine selection of quality Cambodian handicrafts fashion accessories and homeware items made primarily of silk, wood, fine metals and recycled materials.

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Daughters’ boutique,

  • 63C, Street 456, Phnom Penh
  • Located on the ground floor of the Daughters of Cambodia visitor centre and café, this fair-trade boutique offers an appealing range of fashion accessories, including jewellery, scarves and bags, children’s toys, men’s products, T-shirts, and home decor. All goods are hand-made by young victims of the sex trade, to whom the organisation is helping to turn their lives around.

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Sentosa Silk

  • 29-33, Sothearos Boulevard/corner of Street 178,12206, Preah Ang Makhak Vann, Phnom Penh
  • Established in 2004, Sentosa specialises in high quality Cambodian silk articles, produced by poor and disabled craftsmen and women from rural areas who are experts in traditional forms of silk weaving. Luxury pieces made from pure Khmer silk are available in a wide range of colors and sizes – and every purchase directly helps to support these talented craftspeople.

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  • Rajana 61C, St. 450, Phnom Penh

  • The Rajana Association is an income generation and skills training project, which produces Fair Trade products that fuse traditional Cambodian skills with contemporary design. Its souvenir and handicraft shop sells a wide variety of items, including silkwares, paintings, silver jewellery, bamboo handicrafts, cards, drawings, iron works, hilltribe crafts, plus local coffees, spices and condiments like the famous Kampot pepper.

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Mekong Blue,

  • Showroom at 9Eo Street 130, Phnom Penh Tel.: (+855) (0)12 609 730
  • Modern and classic silk scarves, fine bedding and homeware, elegant accessories and men’s ties are just some of the handmade products available at Mekong Blue, all carefully crafted by disadvantaged women. The goods are made and sold as a part of the Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre project, which aims to help vulnerable people in rural areas, particularly women, to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy that traps them.

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Friends’n’ Stuff – Tooit Tooit,

  •  215, Street 13 & Stall 434, Phnom Penh
  • Check out these colourful shops for quirky, unusual giftware and souvenirs designed by Friends’ students and parents of former street kids, and made out of recycled materials. Their range includes clothing, necklaces, purses, soft toys and second hand goods, bicycle basket covers and more. 
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SMateria,

  • 8 Eo, Street 57, Boueung Keng Kang 7, Street 178, Riverside, Phnom Penh
  • SMateria’s creative tailors and craftspeople turn discarded objects and materials into beautiful, brand new handbags, lamps, hats or other covetable accessories. When you make a purchase, you support the bid to give local people access to fair contracts and working conditions in Cambodia.

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Artisans d’Angkor,

  • 12 AEo, street 13, (in front of Post Office), Phnom Penh
  • The perfect place to buy upmarket gift items or treat yourself to superb souvenirs. Artisans d’Angkor offers collectable pieces such as wood and stone statues, lacquer panels, home furnishings, and a collection of silk clothing, scarves and accessories inspired by the Angkorian heritage and designed to suit contemporary lifestyles. Guided tours of the organisation’s workshops and silk farm are also available.

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Senteurs d’Angkor,

  • in front of National Museum, 33BE0 Street 178, Preah Ang Makhak Vann, Phnom Penh
  • A sweet-smelling oasis of handmade soaps, massage oils, moisturising creams, balms and aromatic candles; all scented with delightful fresh, essences such as jasmine, orchid, cinnamon, lemongrass or green tea. Senteurs d’Angkor also stocks local spices and home-made mango jam. All products are created from natural and locally-sourced raw ingredients, and packaging is made mostly from natural and recyclable materials.

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Mekong Quilts home decor & bamboo furniture,

  • 47-49, Street 240, Phnom Penh
  • Renowned for its beautiful, handmade quilts, this must-visit shop also offers a feast of attractive handicraft and home decor items, from bags and accessories to bamboo furniture.  You can even buy bamboo bicycles that are as robust as regular bikes. All stock is sourced from the Mekong Plus workshops in Cambodia and Vietnam, established to give rural communities an opportunity for self-sustainable development.

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Tabitha,

  • 173 and 174, Street 598,  Phnom Penh
  • The Tabitha Cottage Industry programme is one arm of the Tabitha Cambodia integrated community development programmes (school building, water supply, supporting families’ livelihoods activities). The handicrafts include traditionally hand dyed and woven silk and its manufacture into saleable items in a cottage industry environment. Tabitha Cambodia pays workers a fair price for all products, providing training, employment and income. 

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A.N.D.

  • 52C, Street 240,  Phnom Penh
  • A.N.D. is a Cambodian fair trade brand, working with local artisans to blend design development with traditional skills.

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Siem Reap

Friends’n’ Stuff – Tooit Tooit,

  • Between Wat Polanka and Catholic Church, on the way to the temples of Angkor, SiemReap
  • Check out these colourful shops for quirky, unusual giftware and souvenirs designed by Friends’ stdents and parents of former street kids, and made out of recycled materials. Their range includes clothing, necklaces, purses, soft toys and second hand goods, bicycle basket covers and more.

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SMateria,

  • The Alley West, Old Market Area, Siem Reap
  • SMateria’s creative tailors and craftspeople turn discarded objects and materials into beautiful, brand new handbags, lamps, hats or other covetable accessories. When you make a purchase, you support the bid to give local people access to fair contracts and working conditions in Cambodia.

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Artisans d’Angkor, Showroom and workshop: Stung Thmey street, (2mins from Old Market) & Silk farm and workshop: Puok District (20mn from downtown). 

  • The perfect place to buy upmarket gift items or treat yourself to superb souvenirs. Artisans d’Angkor offers collectable pieces such as wood and stone statues, lacquer panels, home furnishings, and a collection of silk clothing inspired by the Angkorian heritage and designed to suit contemporary lifestyles. Guided tours of the organisation’s workshops and silk farm are also available.

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Senteurs d’Angkor, Psaa Chas, 2 Thnou St, Siem Reap

  • A sweet-smelling oasis of handmade soaps, massage oils, moisturising creams, balms and aromatic candles; all scented with delightful fresh, essences such as jasmine, orchid, cinnamon, lemongrass or green tea. Senteurs d’Angkor also stocks local spices and home-made mango jam. All products are created from natural and locally-sourced raw ingredients, and packaging is made mostly from natural and recyclable materials.

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Mekong Quilts home decor & bamboo furniture, 5 Sivutha Boulevard, Siem Reap

  • Renowned for its beautiful, handmade quilts, this must-visit shop also offers a feast of attractive handicraft and home decor items, from bags and accessories to bamboo furniture. All stock is sourced from the Mekong Plus workshops in Cambodia and Vietnam, established to give rural communities an opportunity for self-sustainable development.

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Saray water hyacinth handicrafts

  • Street 27, Siem Reap

  • This innovative venture manufactures attractive furniture, bags and carpets made of hand-woven water hyacinth, collected and crafted by a cooperative of 30 women from the floating villages of the Tonle Sap Lake. Initiated by Osmose, NGO that provides poor families with alternative livelihoods to compensate for the depletion of local fish resources, this ideal model of sustainable development addresses the ecological threat of invasive water hyacinths proliferation. 

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Golden Silk,

  • Road Phum Prey, Prey Themey village, 10 km from Banteay Srey temple, Siem Reap
  • Golden Silk creates exquisite, upmarket pieces out of ecologically produced silk, which is woven and dyed manually by orphans and disadvantaged rural people in return for a fair salary and working conditions. Every stage is carried out according to the traditional techniques used within the Royal Family and the silk used is produced entirely in Cambodia. Shop here for highly individual scarves and sarongs decorated with delicate traditional patterns or visit the Golden Silk mulberry farm and weaving ateliers.

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Samatoa,

  • 9, road 63 Phnom Krom, Siem Reap. In hotels: Sofitel, Victoria, Sokha, Borei Angkor, Sothea and Tara Angkor
  • Specialising in women’s clothing, Samatoa offers a range of Asian, casual and glamour fashion. The organisation uses top quality silk and is developing innovative fibres made from lotus stems to create a fabric that is light-weight, breatheable, waterproof and chemical-free. As its name, which means “fair“, suggests, Samatoa adopts fair trade and eco-friendly principles. Visitors are welcomed at the Samatoa Lotus Farm.
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Institute for Khmer Traditional textiles,

  • 10a The Lane Krong, Siem Reap.

  • The IKTT specialises in the revival of Khmer silk ikat. Throughout history Khmer silk weaving has been regarded among the best in the world, however, after years of war, this ancient art form nearly vanished. IKTT takes a purist approach to the reproduction of traditional textiles, not just by recreating the style but by following the traditional practice seen a thousand years ago in the ancient times of the Angkor Dynasty. To achieve this, IKTT has re-planted a traditional forest to cultivate everything from the natural dyes to the silk in a rich natural environment.

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Kampot

Dorsu: made in Cambodia

  • Junction of Street 736 and Road 33 Production Studio , Kampot. Tel. (+855)(0) 12960225
  • Dorsu is a Cambodian run social business that sells attractive, high quality clothing, gifts and souvenirs, all handmade by local craftspeople. Originally established to generate income for the Chumkriel Language School to fund education and support for local communities, Dorsu Store now provides secure employment in a safe and positive working environment, regular hours, breaks and meals, a competitive salary and training in clothing production and customer service.

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Indonesia

Bali

Threads of life

  • Jalang Kajeng 24 Ubud, 
  • Threads of Life is a fair trade business that works with culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia. The heirloom high-quality textiles and baskets are made with local materials and natural dyes.

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UTAMA Spice shop,

  • Monkey Forest Road (130 meters north of Monkey Forest), Ubud, Bali & Gopa Town Center, Jalan Danau Poso no. 57, Sanur, Bali
  • Utama Spice is a traditional skincare company which focuses on applying ancient Balinese herbal knowledge to create products. They use sustainable and natural ingredients.

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Yin Jewelry,

  • Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud Gianyar, 
  • Yin Jewelry for the Soul, is an original silver and brass designs handmade by local Balinese artisans. Ethically made and fairly traded with free shipping from their boutique in Bali, Indonesia. They believe “what goes around comes around” & live and work by this principle throughout their entire business; from their fair trade practices to the local non-profits that your purchases support.

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Yogyakarta

Via Via Jogja,

  • JL Prawirotaman 30, Yogyakarta
  • A cafe, guest house where you can shop a few fair trade products in Yogyakarta. The shop displays the incredible creative spirit of Java and at the same time supports local trading partners that share the same vision regarding social and environmental values. From traditional batik and wallets made from up-cycled tires to natural wellness products and organically grown coffees.

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Lawe,

  • JL Prof Dr Ki Amri Yahya, Gampingan, 6,
  • Lawe is a community social enterprise that transform traditional handwoven into functional product through women empowerment.

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Sukunan Village, Banyuraden, Gamping, Sleman Regency, Kabupaten Sleman, Yogyakarta

  • Environmental sustainability through community-based waste management and eco-tourism

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Laos

Vientiane

Mulberries,

  • Nokeo Koummane Road, Mixai Village 01000 Vientiane
  • A not-for-profit operation that specializes in the production of naturally-dyed, handmade Lao silk, Mulberries is known for its selection of quality scarves and cushion covers.  The company is part of the World Fairtrade Organisation that supports the interests of producers, particularly small farmers and artisans.

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COPE Souvenir shop,

  • Khouvieng Road, Vientiane (across from Green Park Hotel)
  • Choose from a range of t-shirts and handicrafts to support COPE (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise) in its ongoing efforts to rid the country of landmines and other unexploded ordinances.

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  • Organic market That Luang Esplanade, Vientiane

  • The largest and most diverse source of delicious organic fruits, vegetables and prepared foods in Laos, the market helps educate and inform consumers about organic production systems in Laos, and about the benefits of consuming organic products.

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Carol Cassidy’s Textiles and weaving shop,

  • 108, Nokekoumanne Ban Mixay, Chanthabouly district, Vientiane
  • Shop here for bold, beautiful wall hangings, scarves, shawls and custom furnishing fabrics exquisitely crafted in 100% handwoven silk by Carol Cassidy and the 40 Laotian artisans she employs.

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T’Shop Laï Gallery,

  • Vat Inpeng Street, Vientiane

  • A great place to find fun, practical and inexpensive souvenirs and giftwares. Colourful coasters, vases, bowls, boxes, games, ornaments and jewellery are cleverly crafted from materials like coconut wood and shell, eggshell, buffalo horn, recycled timber or steel, mulberry paper and leather. All products are handmade by Lao artisans trained at the gallery’s workshop and part of the profits from every sale goes towards educational development in Laos.

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Luang Prabang

Ma Té Sai,

  • Kingkitsarath Road, Luang Prabang
  • Ma Té Sai sells gifts and household items made by Laotian hilltribes. These fascinating handicrafts reflect village life, local traditions and the cultural identities of a variety of  ethnic groups; take one – or more – pieces home and and contribute towards improving the sustainable incomes of poor and vulnerable Lao artisans.

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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

  • Ban Khamyong, Luang Prabang
  • Carved wood, cotton and liana vine, hand spun and dyed are some of the natural materials with which TAEC artisans craft a variety of accessories, homewares, jewellery and children’s toys. Through this shop, TAEC supports over 600 craftspeople, mostly disadvantaged women and their families from 12 provinces of Laos. A visit to the on-site ethnic museum and café/ bakery shop is a must-do while in Luang Prabang.

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Ban Chan, pottery village

  • Across Mekong River, Luang Prabang
  • The 300 inhabitants of the small village of Ban Chan manufacture highly individual pottery, vases, ash trays and terracotta tiles. Raw materials are sourced from the surrounding area, mixed, processed, modelled and fired on the site.

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CAMACrafts

  • Ban Phonton, Luang Prabang
  • CAMACrafts is a non-profit, all products are entirely handmade, using traditional patterns and techniques, in order to preserve and promote the traditional needlework skills of Hmong and Lao women, such as appliqué, cross stitch, embroidery and batik.

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Ock Pop Tok,

  • Ban Saylom, Luang Prabang
  • Shop here for a colourful selection of fair trade gifts, scarves, home textiles, accessories and toys, all handcrafted by local villagers. Ock Pop Tok collaborates in the empowerment and development of rural women and artisans from remote areas.

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Myanmar

Yangon

ChuChu,

  • 507 Khaye Road, Dala, Yangon. Tel: (+95) 9 792 582795
  • ChuChu is a Myanmar social enterprise re-designing waste material into craft following a strict handicraft approach with the aim to show the beauty of what is considered to be garbage.

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Pomelo,

  • 89 1nd floor, Thein Phyu Street, Botattaung Township, Yangon.
  • Pomelo is a Fair Trade marketplace supporting social businesses throughout Myanmar. Every purchase made contributes to social and economic change in some communities and helps to support unique skills and craftsmanship. Pomelo aims to make lasting impact by providing its artisan partners with training and education, as well as economic reward. You could find reclaimed teak candle holders, created by former street children, to handmade soap, created by refugee women. Your purchase contributes towards a brighter future for the country and it’s people.

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HLA Day,

  • 1st Floor, 81 Pansodan Street, Lower Middle Block, Yangon
  • HLA Day works with Myanmar artisans, disadvantaged groups and small local businesses to design, develop and sell quality handmade products with a contemporary twist. Their goal is to support the producers, many of whom are struggling to overcome disability, exclusion, and poverty. Thanks to a locally sourcing all materials g both customers and artisans to enjoy and benefit from unique and quality Myanmar handicrafts.

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Bagan

MBoutik – SEDN,

  • 13, Corner of Sabae and Sein Pan Street, Kan Latt Ward, 05232 New Bagan
  • 1 Win Ga Bar Street, Shwe Gone Daing, Bahan

  • It is a social enterprise initiated by ActionAid Myanmar. At the beginning, women from the Dry Zone of Myanmar were trained in artisan crafts of weaving, tailoring, jewelry making and rattan. Now, they are connected to form Producer Support Groups and they form their own Craft Producer Association. 

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Thailand

Bangkok

ThaiCraft Fair Trade,

  • 35 Bamrung Muang Rd, San Chao Por Sua, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
  • Shoppers can browse a wide variety of colourful handcrafted products, from pottery and rattan furniture to scarves, jewellery and Christmas decorations. ThaiCraft gives artisans from all over Thailand the opportunity to earn a living by selling the items they hand make.

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Friends’n’ Stuff

  • 3/8, Soi Sukhumvit 49 Sukhimvit Rd,Wattana, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand. Monday to Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Be amazed at the creative potential of recycling. The Thai sister to Friends shops in Cambodia is packed with unique products, designed and made by Friends students – all former street kids – and their parents.  Recycled materials are transformed into brand new bags, soft toys, accessories, homewares and other funky craft items.

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Chiang Mai

Thai Tribal Crafts Fair Trade

  • 208 Bamrungrat Road, Chiang Mai
  • Attractive bags, travel accessories, clothing, basketwork, musical instruments and Fair Trade coffee are just some of the wide range of items on sale at Thai Tribal Crafts shop. All goods are produced by the six major hill tribe groups of Northern Thailand, and every purchase has a part to play in improving their quality of life.

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Weave,

  • 17/4 Sirimankalajarn Road. Soi 7, A.Muang, T.Suthep, Chiang Mai & 656, Intarakeeree Road Mae Sod, Tak
  • Shop here for cotton clothing, soft toys, hammocks, hand-woven silk scarves, wooden handicrafts, fair trade coffee and more – and for an important cause.  Weave works to empower indigenous women in Thailand and support their needs and basic human rights.

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Chiang Rai

Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre,

  • 3rd. Floor, PDA Building, 620/25 Thanalai Road A, Chiang Rai
  • Created under the same umbrella organisation as Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant, PDA the Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre was set up to provide tourists in Chiang Rai with information about the fascinating cultures of the six major tribal groups of Northern Thailand.

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Hua Hin

The Family Tree

  • 7 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin
  • A treasure trove of authentic, Thai arts and crafts, handmade by community groups and independent artists. Shop here for award-winning, hand-woven, naturally-dyed Thai silks, natural cosmetics, vibrant paintings of Thai life, striking recycled sculptures, jewellery, toys and accessories.

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Thai Wisdom Centre Kanchanaburi,

  • 158 Moo 5, Tambon Singh, Amphoe Saiyok, Kanchaburi
  • This green business stocks all sorts of organic cosmetics, food and homewares. The Thai Wisdom Centre gives the producers of the goods it sells the opportunity to earn a living and at the same time protects the local environment, wildlife and culture.

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Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Creations-Mekong Quilts,

  • 68 Lê Lợi, D.1 – 1st Floor. Tel.: (+84)(0)8 2210 3110 & S17-1 Sky Garden, Nguyên Văn Linh, D.7. Tel.: (+84)(0)8 627177589. Every day 9 am to 7 p.
  • From dinner services to furniture, bags and accessories to home decor and Christmas decorations, not to mention the luxurious quilts for which they are famous, all Mekong Creations and Mekong Quilts products are carefully hand made from natural and recycled materials to combine quality, craftsmanship and consideration for the local environment. 

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Gingko, concept store

  • 92-96 Đ. Lê Lợi, Street, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh
  • Gingko creates unique designs for clothing especially t-shirts exploring vietnam cultures with a contemporary touch. With en eco-friendly approach and the promotion of Vietnamese based designers and artists they offer a unique 300 sqm concept store very conveniently located in the heart of Saigon, just a stroll away from the famous Benh Thanh Market. 

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Hanoi

Craft Link,

  • 51 Van Mieu, Hanoi
  • Stop by the Craft Links’ shop in Hanoi’s Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi for ai interesting hand-printed silks, lacquer and metal-work, paper… Choose among a diversity of fashion accessories, home decoration, music instruments, toys and stationary and purchase your fair trade gifts at Craft Links’ shop in the Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi.

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  • Mekong Creations-Mekong Quilts 58 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem. Tel.: (+84)(0) 43824 4607 & 13 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem. Tel.: (+84)(0) 4 3926 4831. Every day  9am to 9 pm.

  • From dinner services to furniture, bags and accessories to home decor and Christmas decorations, not to mention the luxurious quilts for which they are famous, all Mekong Creations and Mekong Quilts products are carefully hand made from natural and recycled materials to combine quality, craftsmanship and consideration for the local environment. They create safe and sturdy bamboo bikes, which can be transported overseas.

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Hoi An – Hue

Lifestart Foundation,

  • 77 Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An. 
  • The Lifestart Foundation is a grassroots, not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged and disabled Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient. Its handicraft shop sells a variety of attractive and practical items, many of which are made from recycled materials like plastic bottles, paper, cloth and waste materials. Visitors can also try their hand at creating Vietnamese lanterns in the Foundation’s workshop.

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Reaching Out shop,

  • 103 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An.
  • This fair-trade store specializes in beautiful craftworks, handmade in Vietnam by disabled artists and artisans. At Reaching Out, lustrous Vietnamese silks, polished brass, silver and gleaming lacquer become beautiful works of art to wear or to decorate the home. Stylish clothing is also available, tailored in quality fabrics and recycled cloth to designs inspired by traditional Vietnamese culture and folklore, as well as to customers’ own bespoke requirements.

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  • Metiseko Fashion and home décor, 140-142 Tran Phu, Minh An, Hoi An

  • Shop ‘ecochic’ at Metiseko, for a gorgeous range of ready-to-wear clothes for women and children, and high end products for the home. All goods are made from natural silk and organic cotton certified by Global Organic Standards: stylish, natural and environmentally friendly.

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Healing the Wounded Heart Shop,

  • 23 Vo Thi Sau Street, Hue
  • This unique shop sells handicrafts made by disabled artisans from recycled materials. All net proceeds contribute towards fair salaries for the shop’s disabled employees and the funding of heart surgery for poor children in the Hue area, via the Office of Genetic Counselling and Disabled Children, Hue College of Medicine and Pharmacy. You can also watch the artisans at work at the organisation’s workshop at 69 Be Trieu Street, Hue.

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