Woven Bamboo Boxes
Made by Saoban Handicrafts
Organize in style with a beautiful hand-woven hideaway. The eco-friendly bamboo used to make these boxes is locally sourced from the Vientiane Province. Every purchase empowers artisans at Saoban Handicrafts in Laos.
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- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
- Each woven bamboo box includes a matching lid top
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Shipping time depends on where we are shipping to. We ship from California so orders along the West Coast take approximately 1-2 days. Orders in the southern states and mid-west take approximately 2-3 days and orders to the East Coast take approximately 5 business days.
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Saoban Handicrafts is a social enterprise located in Laos, and the name Saoban means “villager” in the Lao language. A Lao NGO known as PADETC founded Saoban, which works to provide new and meaningful opportunities to artisans, improve product quality, and preserve cultural traditions. Within 10 provinces in Laos, Saoban has been working with hundreds of skilled and talented artisans. The artisans are village crafts producers, and the majority of them are from rural communities that experience poverty. More than 90 percent of the crafts producers are women, while approximately one-third of the group is from minority communities. The organization is committed to practicing fair trade principles and providing artisans with fair wages. Saoban provides resources such as micro-credits and basic training and helps these artisans work independently. Saoban also works with development partners to help artisans in their communities, such as with access to proper water and sanitation sources. All of the producer groups that Saoban works with are able to work from their communities and homes, allowing them to tend to other work as needed and to take care of their families while working.
There is a traditional bamboo pattern native to Laos, and artisans can make different patterns based on the use. Patterns are carried on through generations, and many patterns are woven to represent the Lao culture. The artisans who are making products at Saoban Handicrafts are Lao villagers, and their primary occupation is rice growing. Many Lao groups use bamboo to weave everyday products by hand. To make these boxes, the bamboo stem’s skin is stripped, and then the bamboo is scraped clean until the skin is left. The skin soaks in water over several days, making it soft. The villagers weave the skin into the products like boxes and baskets, and then they allow these products to dry for one or two days. The skin is the part of the bamboo that is used because it can be stripped into long and narrow strips that the villagers can use for weaving. The Little Market’s bamboo boxes are made by the lowland Lao ethnic group known as Lao Loum.
Laos is a mountainous country that is located in Southeast Asia and that gained independence from France in 1953. It is currently one of the few communist states in the world. Corn, coffee, peanuts, tea, and sweet potatoes are among the most common agricultural products. Popular industries include mining, rubber, construction, cement, and tourism, while natural resources are timber, gold, tin, and gemstones.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.