Innovation Keeps Ma Té Sai Crafts on Top


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Ma Té Sai is now open for business in Singapore to expand its sales network, which is vital to their artisans’ income and the sustainability of their crafts.

The endeavour started as a month-long pushcart rental in Chevron House in downtown Raffles Place. During November, Ma Té Sai has been selling a mix of smaller gift items, unique jewellery, Christmas decorations, and home wares.  

The well-known Luang Prabang craft business has even designed a silk shawl in light natural colour shades, specifically for Singapore women to provide cover in cool air-con environs.

Luang Prabang Hotels Loves Ma Té Sai

New hotels and restaurants keep popping up in Luang Prabang, with several tapping Ma Té Sai for décor. The newly opened Le Bel Air across the Old Nam Khan Bridge sourced its lobby cushions and menu covers for its restaurant and rooms from Ma Té Sai whose products have also been selected for the lobby shop.

The Ma Té Sai village sewing team has been busy in between the rice harvest, sewing 161 cushion covers for Paste Laos, the dining room of The Apsara.

New Products & Packaging

Making their way off the looms of the young women at the Deaf and Mute School are Ma Té Sai’s new range of placemats and napkins. Villagers at the Ban Jan pottery village are now glazing with a colour made from buffalo urinating in the mud, though inconsistencies in the mixture have caused some start-up obstacles.

Ma Té Sai’s jewellery is now packaged “ready to give” in locally made saa paper envelopes with information about the origin of each piece. This simple packaging saves space while protecting the item inside, perfect for those travelling and great for shipping. Coming soon are Akha pom-pom earrings, developed during a recent textile tour workshop.

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