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Why Indigo is special ?
Indigo Cat is simply the only Hmong Shop in all Sapa. They provide some Sewing Classes but you also will find a huge selection of local products such as genuine handicrafts, different teas or cardamom.
The only H'mong-owned handicrafts shop in Sapa offers a wonderful selection of interesting local crafts including bags, clothing, pillows and belts. Co-owner Pang speaks good English and her toddler son Sanji is a real charmer. Pop by and ask about joining in the H'mong weaving lessons.
What to explore at Indigo?
This store has very wonderful choices for gifts, souvenirs and pieces of art from the region. The store supports the local people through a coop that supplies it.
High quality bags, scarves, skirts, hats, pillowcases, blankets and other items. Some are made at the store and others by family members. Owned by a Swiss man and his Hmong wife the original store is in Sapa and they have opened a second store in Ta Van Village.
The materials used are handmade and not the more common machine made polyester junk seen all over town. Check out the design work on many items that are unique to this shop.
How to get to Indigo?
It just takes 4 minutes to get to there from Sapa town by taxi or car
- Great products for a worthy cause
- Batik lesson in a village- peaceful and fun
- Great Hmong Handmade items made locally
- Great shop with authentic handcrafts
- Also great for trekking advice and guide
46 Phan Xi Păng, Sa Pa, Tỉnh Lào Cai, Vietnam
Tips for you
High quality fair trade handicrafts :)
Sewing classes are available everyday
We found Indigo cat through a review in Lonely Planet. It's a very western friendly little shop in that the locally produced goods are well displayed, there is no hard sell and there is a fair trade ethos with information about where the various items come from, We turned up to book a weaving lesson, to find the lady patiently explaining that they didn't do weaving and that was a mistake in the book! They did offer sewing and batik making though. I booked both my children on an afternoon's batik making. We turned up the next day and Pang had sorted out a taxi for us and a couple of American post grad travellers. We all drove out to a quiet village in the countryside where Cedric - the other half of the Indigo Cat partnership was waiting, The Indigo cat shop in the village is linked to a homestay set up so there were people around, but it was very peaceful and the view when the fog lifted a little was lovely. Our children are 8 and 10 and the traditional process of batik making is not easy- they needed a lot of support but Cedric and his mother in law were very helpful. There is not time in the afternoon session to dye the fabric but we have brought home the little fabric squares with their wax patterns to dye at home. It was a very calm pleasant couple of hours away from the very touristy feel of Sapa town. The girls had a lovely time and it was good to have an activity for them to do- there is only so much sitting in a café watching the world go by they will cope with, and we had put them through a long trek the day before- we all really enjoyed it.