Cotton placemats (Set of 6), 'Violets'
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"...the hilltribes have explored new options for solving their economical needs while preserving their communal life, and the answer was found in their handicrafts."
Traditionally, the tribal people in northern Thailand have supported their families through slash and burn agriculture, being forced to move their villages every few years searching for new and fertile fields. However, as the available space is limited, this semi-nomadic style is no longer feasible. On the other hand, based on ecological criteria, the Thai government is banning the timber cut down, trim, and hauling on the hillside lands. Thus, the hill tribes have explored new options for solving their economical needs while preserving their communal life, and the answer was found in their handicrafts. Luckily, this new activity has helped them to restore and revive traditions and expressions, which, otherwise, may have been lost forever.
Aiming to market such products, and improve the quality of life of the tribal people, in 1973 the Baptist Christian Service Foundation sponsored the creation of the "Thai Tribal Crafts," which is a grass-roots, non-profit and self-sustained agency, operating under the principles of promoting fair trade, preserving the traditional arts and crafts of tribal people, and providing advice and training for the producers, mainly in the areas of quality control and design. The goal is to make a profitable trading, ensuring a benefit for the artisan and his/her people, and the continuation of the project.
Today, thanks to the efforts of the Thai Tribal Crafts, hundreds of families are earning a supplementary income, improving their nutritional balance, education and medical care, having a lesser dependency on the agricultural activities.
Received my beautiful handbag/backpack and it is beautiful. The colors are wonderful. Novica has provided an outstanding outlet for art of the world to be presented in a first class fashion. Everything about the artisans and Novica is first class. Thank you again.
Austin, TX U.S.A.
My Tribal hanging is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for wonderful service.
dear thai tribal crafts - my second purchase through novica - i have discovered a rare treasure!!! i was home with the flu when my order arrived-flu forgotten when I opened the box - the journals i ordered were wraped in the most beautiful delicate paper with a big silk bow - this was just the beginning - the handmade journals are too beautiful to use...my photo journalist son was visiting when the package arrived he also was stunned by the quality and care taken in creating these beautiful books. i wanted you to know how much i appreciate your work the quality is extraordinary. thank you novica for this experience. when gifts are needed i now know where to get them. please continue this most awesome endeavor... sincerely, j. isaksen
I am astonished by the quality of this simple but beautifully made shoulder bag. The sense of colour and design is sophisticated yet understated. Tasteful yet practical. Thank you to whoever made this. It is lovely.
I bought my 24 year daughter 2 of the handbags for Christmas. The shoulder bag, 'Hmong Chic' she just raved about and then slung it across her shoulder and wore it the rest of the morning. She said (and I agree) the quality of the needlework and the construction of the bag was excellent. The other bag, the bamboo Lahu Chic also got raves especially for the unique weaving that makes up the bag and the great style. My daughter lives outside New York City and shops in the City frequently. She said these bags equaled anything she has seen in the City and were more unique than most. AND the gift wrapping was great - straight under the Christmas tree. THANK YOU SO MUCH. PBB
My daughter ordered this backpack for herself. It arrived yesterday and was even more wonderful than we had expected. She loves the size and it is just beautifully made. We loved the gift wrapping also and will order many more items from you. Thanks,
The pillow covers are beautifully made and creative. Such great quality! They add a unique and colorful touch to our room. The packaging adds that special touch - what a treat! Thanks and kudos to the artist who made these.
I've been enjoying the ""Hmong Chic"" handbag! It's so colorful and beautifully crafted. I was an exchange student in Thailand, so this is a beautiful reminder of a very special time in a wondrous place! Thank you very much!
I received my shoulder bag today and the first thing I noticed was the beautiful way it was wrapped; just like a present. Once I opened it, the beautiful colors and stitch work made me happy I ordered it. Thank you so much!
I had been searching for quite some time for some large baskets that were elegant, but with plenty of personality. When I found the work of these artists, I knew that their baskets would be perfect. They are truly gorgeous! Years later, the baskets are still in pristine condition, despite being manhandled frequently by a houseful of teenagers! Thank you, Thai Tribal crafts!
Dear Friends, The very lovely coasters arrived today -- and they will be perfect with the colors in our living room! Your needlework is exquisite! Thank you so much for such a lovely set!! Sincerely yours, Katherine Donovan-Sherpa Charleston, South Carolina US
My lovely purse arrived today. Exactly as the picture showed. I am amazed at what can be made with natural resources and great talent.
I just received the Lahu basket and it is beautiful. I like the fact that it has legs and you can set it anywhere and it will be stable and not fall over. The color of the bamboo is a rich deep brown and the basket appears to be very sturdy and will probably last forever. Thank you for this lovely piece of work and I hope to visit Thailand someday as there seems to be many things about that country to admire.
My Hill Tribe Carnival bag arrived today, and I'm just delighted. It was wrapped beautifully & with such care and included a lovely note, as always. The colors are so vivid and the purse is well crafted. I know I will enjoy this bag very much. May you continue to be blessed with good health so that can continue doing what you love. Thank you !!!.
Very nice & sturdy quality. Practical size. Washable. Good job. Thank you all.
Very nice work with good cotton quality. Ideal for X-mas table setting. Keep up the good work. THANKS.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Thank you for my 'Burning Stars' cotton shoulder bag! The accent red color really pops against the black & white and the bag seems very well made. My only caveat to a buyer is that I think the red dye might run a bit, so just be mindful of that. Not really an issue, though, if you don't get it wet. :-)
Montreal Quebec Canada
The jewerly roll ""Lisu Rose Fantasy"" is very beautiful. I like it very much. Wonderful service.
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Measure around the fullest part of chest under the arms and over the shoulder blades keeping the tape measure level.
Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.
Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.
Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.
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Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.
Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.
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