An eye-catching addition to any table, this Akha inspired upcycled can placemat is made by Akha women from recycled cans, seeds and indigo-dyed hemp. The Ahka are an ethnic group from Northern Laos. They are known for their indigo clothes and intricate headdress that is embellished with antique silver coins and decorations. The placemat was inspired by tradition and innovated for today. Instead of using silver coins to decorate these purses, the women upcycle aluminum from cans. They cut disks from the aluminium and stitch them onto the indigo fabric. They also use traditional Job’s Tears seeds to complete the design. The Akha people can be found in parts of Southern China, Thailand and Myanmar. They are considered a minority group in Laos making up only 1.4% of the population. Pairs perfectly with a matching coaster.
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