Made from sustainable bamboo. Reusable fork, knife, and spoon in a handwoven, organic cotton bag.
About the Artisan:
Meet Team Vietnam, an artisan cooperative based in Hanoi (run by 20 brilliant women!), working with over 70 artisan groups throughout the country. Fair Anita partners with one of these artisan groups with 17 women, working in a beautiful workshop about 2.5 hours outside of the capital city of Hanoi. Our partners in Vietnam specialize in handwoven silk products, a traditional form of Vietnamese craftsmanship that has struggled to compete in modern textile markets. As you drive into the weaving town, you can hear the clicking of automated weaving machines coming from every angle; families that can afford an automated machine are typically making bath towels to compete with the Chinese market. However, our fair trade artisan partners are committed to preserving this 200-year old tradition and local cultures, employing vulnerable groups and improving the quality of life for artisans around the country. Silk is spun by hand, dyed with natural materials, and handwoven to create beautiful scarves. The artisans' request for us? They're looking for customers to support them through their work so that they're able to maintain these traditions.
Team Vietnam is committed to employing mainly marginalized groups. They focus on partnering with ethnic minority groups, rural or isolated communities, people with disabilities and traditional villagers. By providing these groups with good jobs and access to national and international markets, Team Vietnam brings visibility and dignity to marginalized populations. Team Vietnam uses its profits to:
Train artisans on technical skills
Train artisans on business skills
Bring traditional goods to modern markets
Increase visibility of marginalized populations
Improve livelihoods for artisans all over the country