Saoban’s products come straight from the village, where they are made by hand, using traditional materials and techniques that have been passed on for generations. When you buy from Saoban, you provide employment and training for artisans. All profits from the sale of Saoban products stay in the village, creating a stable, sustainable livelihood for rural families and communities.
Laos is a country of diverse ethnic groups, each with unique and highly adept craft and artisan skills. We benefit from this rich diversity and, as a result, are able to offer a range of materials and styles.
For more than 40 years following World War II, the centuries-old arts of Lao silk cultivation, dyeing, and weaving fell into decline and nearly disappeared. By creating direct links between village artisans and outside markets, Saoban helps promote the cultural preservation of these skills.