Handmade | Direct from the villages | Using traditional skills | Natural dyes | Eco-friendly
Preserve and promote Lao village crafts, create employment opportunities for villagers - mostly women - and reduce poverty.
TaiBaan Crafts was started by PADETC, a Lao NGO, as a fair trade social business that works with traditional handicraft artisans to preserve and promote Lao village crafts, create employment opportunities for villagers - mostly women - and reduce poverty.
TaiBaan Crafts was originally named Saoban. In 2020, Saoban was renamed TaiBaan Crafts to reflect rebranding needs of the company. In Lao Language TaiBaan means ‘village or a community of villages’ in the Lao language.
TaiBaan supports more than 15 village crafts groups of many ethnic communities across 10 provinces of Laos.
When you buy from TaiBaan Crafts, you provide employment and training for the artisans, and the profits stay in the village communities.
TaiBaan works with hundreds of artisans across ten provinces in Laos. Many of our artisans lived through the American War and Secret War of the 1960s, and experienced firsthand the upheaval of the revolution in 1975. In rural areas and among various ethnic groups, craft making provided a source of income and stability.
Their stories (click on the photos below), demonstrate individuals and communities with remarkable talent and resilience.