The Katu, skilled weavers and cotton growers, needed help reintroducing natural yarns and dyes back into the production of their textiles. As with many communities that have little access to secure markets, the incentive to work with costly materials is low, and weavers turn
to cheaper and easier options and start using synthetic materials.
Many of our projects start by reintroducing natural fibres and dyes, then we buy the product and thus demonstrate that there is value in working with high quality materials. By invitation of the Lao National Tourism Administration on (LNTA), our team journeyed to the south to embark on a series of trainings that would build skills and confidence in working with natural yarns and dyes.