Two front runner companies from Laos will be showcasing their new collections at Maison & Objet September 9-13, 2021. Tai Baan Crafts presents new home textiles ranges with their signature ‘modern rustic’ look. They work with locally grown and handspun cotton, with gives a beautiful texture to the fabric.
Tai Baan’s colours are exquisite, as all yarn is dyed by hand using natural dyes. Indigo from Laos is of a top quality and has a rich and intense look. Tai Baan’s collection includes nicely textured scarves and shawls, in plain colours but also in subtle stripes and classic block and check patterns. There is also a nice two-tone colourway that is very much on trend.
Their throws and cushion covers are made from the same, super soft and stunningly textured cotton. Tai Baan is also well known for their ikat textiles, a resist dye technique to create colour effects. The most spectacular ikat effects can be obtained with indigo dyes. The new collection therefore includes some ikat showpieces.
All products are hand woven on wooden looms by artisans in villages across Laos. Tai Baan is a provisional member of WFTO and works according to the fair trade principles. Tai Baan is a small company, based in the capitol of Laos, Vientiane, where they have their office to manage production, check quality and finish products. The dedicated team is experienced in developing custom made items with international customers. Since Tai Baan works with producer groups, lead times can be 2 to 3 months, but it also means the minimum quantity per product is relatively low, which makes the Tai Baan offer attractive for retailers in Europe. Tai Baan can also offer a landed price (DAP) to shop keepers.
On M&O’s MOM platform, Tai Baan’s new collection can be found, as well as that of Ock Pop Tok from Laos. A selection of products will be showcased in the CBI pop-up exhibition at Maison & Objet, which will be hosted by Craftscurator and colleagues. The sales and marketing team of Ock Pop Tok will be available for enquiries (by e-mail, whatsapp or zoom) during and after M&O, and they hope to be able to meet buyers in person in 2022.
The CBI pop-up exhibition can be found in Hall 6 Unique & Eclectic stand E122- F121 at Maison & Objet in Parc des Expositions in Paris France from September 9-13, 2021. New collections from exporters from Cambodia and Bangladesh can also be found in the booth.
CBI, The Centre for the promotion of Imports from Developing Counties, is running an export development programme in Laos. Irene is leading the Home Textiles programme on behalf of CBI and is coaching 11 small and medium sized entreprises in export marketing. They are guided in building their capacity, improve quality and product design and communication. Everything that makes their business model truly ready for working with international buyers.