FAIR TRADE

        Ethnic Lanna is both a whole-seller and retailer of Hmong inspired purses, accessories, clothing, shoes and jewelry.  We are located right in the heart of Chiang Mai, the capital of the North of Thailand.  We have been in business over 3 years and our commitment to the people of Thailand and the generosity of our customers is what has made this company a success story.

        We fell in love with Hmong textiles the moment we laid our eyes on them!  These tribal groups have expressed their faith, belief and way of life into each piece of fabric, making each piece of clothing or bag come to life with an amazing history behind it!

         Who are the Hmong? They are an Asian ethnic group from the mountain regions of China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Originally from southern China, the Hmong gradually migrated south during the 18th century due to political unrest and to find more workable land. Today, many Hmong are located in the remote thick forests and mountains terrain of the northern Thai regions and are well integrated into Thai society. They are rich in culture, family, and art and are distinctive in their fabric patterns and vibrant costumes.

        Ethnic Lanna helps these hill tribe women produce eco-friendly handbags and then makes them available to purse lovers all over the world. All levels of our production are environmentally friendly and promote safe working conditions and a good salary.  We currently work with over 100 women in the Northern Thailand area and are soon to expand into Laos.  We believe in preserving the Hmong culture, sustainability and fair trade.  From up-cycled vintage baby carriers, jackets and other hand woven fabrics we showcase a variety of the Hmong artistic talent that would make for a charming part of your wardrobe.  While expanding your fashion collection globally you will be supporting the developing communities of the Hmong women
of Thailand.
 

MORE ABOUT THE HMONG

        The Hmong are an ethnic group originating from southern China and they have over centuries migrated to countries in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Burma. The Hmong live as a minority group in all these countries and have faced strong persecution, especially at the end of the wars in Vietnam and Laos where many were forced to flee and become refugees, mainly in Thailand. The Hmong in Thailand, for the most part, live in villages in the mountainous regions of the north, where they farm and sell their produce on markets in the towns and cities of northern Thailand. But the Hmong are not only known as excellent farmers but also as makers of beautifully patterned textiles which traditionally has been used for making ceremonial dresses but now also for clothes and bags being sold on the market. The traditional dresses are embroided with different shapes and often using strong and colorful colors that gives them an impressive and distinct look. Embroided cloth is also used to express folklore or stories of their lives in harmony with the nature such as birds, butterflies, flowers, sky and river.