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Why Ma Te Sai is special ?
Ma Té Sai buys handmade products direct from villages, village cooperatives and from organizations all around Laos, thereby supporting tradition and providing sustainable income to poor Lao artisans. Ma Té Sai is a retail shop in Luang Prabang, a treasure trove of skillfully handcrafted goods that await browsing. It is run by Emi Weir, an energetic Australian
Shopping at Ma Té Sai means bringing back home a little piece of Lao culture and history, sharing a bond with a talented Lao artisan and helping make their life a little bit easier with an additional income.
At Ma Té Sai, you can buy gifts and objects for each room of the house: office, home, bathrooms, children’s rooms, library, pantry or wardrobe
What to explore at Ma Te Sai?
The diversity of Lao heritage will open your eyes to its richness: Akha and Tai Dam textiles from Luang Namtha, Tai Leu and Khamu weaving from Oudomxay, Traditional medicine from Bokeo, Ta Lieng bamboo weaving from Atta Peu, Katou textiles from Saravane, or Hmong modern crafts from Vientiane Province, local foods, and organic cosmetics are all sold, made by Lao villagers following their traditions, working in a respectful and empowering environment.
You don’t have to leave the shop as ignorant as when you entered, as you will be able to learn about each product with detailed explanations about where they are from, who made them, and how.
Ma Té Sai strives to protect ethnic traditions and identities through the marketing of handicraft from remote areas of Laos. They believe foreigners coming to Laos should be given an opportunity to discover the extraordinary diversity of crafts available.
How to get to Ma Te Sai?
The store is opposite to the Aussie Bar so you can take a tuk tuk to the Bar and have some walk to the store.
- Great natural textiles
- Varied range of textiles
- Perfect for gifts and homewares
- Beautiful handcrafted textiles, fair trade Laos
- Great quality, helping local weavers
Luang Prabang, Laos
Tips for you
A charming shop, open on the street and on Lao, like is its owner, a wonderful woman full of energy. You won't be pushed to buy and will have time to wander among clothes, bathroom towels, bags and coffee coming from different areas of Laos. Sure it is more expensive than the night market, but in both case, you get what you pay for. You won't see elephants on all clothes, but products with nice design coming from fair trade. Have a talk with the owner, you might learn interesting things ;)