Helping small-scale artisans reach an international audience, Ma Té Sai lives by a ‘from the village, for the village’ philosophy. Now the village is hitting the big smoke as the lovely folks from this Lao boutique arrive in Australia, bringing with them suitcases full of the finest Southeast Asian arts and crafts.
Based in Luang Prabang, Ma Té Sai (which translates to ‘where is it from?’) source and develop beautiful fair trade products from handmakers and producers all over Laos, helping create a livelihood for artisans and promote local crafts over imports. The boutique trades in scarves and shawls, garments, accessories, bamboo wear and beauty products – but it’s hard to look past their gorgeous range of home textiles, hand woven and embroidered using silk and cotton, indigo and natural dyes.
You won’t see these designs on the streets of Sydney every day, but for a rare chance to pick up your own piece here at home, Ma Té Sai’s first Australian pop-up shop launches tomorrow night at the 5th Nature workshop space at 88 Oxford Street, Paddington. Products will only be available until Sunday, so get in before stock sells out!