Menu
Nederlands

Artisans

Karenni artisans in Thailand

Karenni artisans in Thailand

The Karen form a large tribal community in Thailand. The majority of the Karen people live in refugee camps in the mountains in the northwest of Thailand. They originate from Myanmar but had to flee from the military junta in the eighties. The Karen people consist of different sub-groups, one of them called the Karenni.

Karenni women are notorious weavers. Before they had to flee their country many women cultivated and spun their own cotton, from which they wove shawls and sarongs. Then as well as now they weave on wooden looms, the so-called backstop loom.

The artisans of our scarves live in Karen refugee site #1, one of the nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. Read more about live in the refugee sites and the projects supported by Counting Flowers.



The cotton scarves from the Karenni women were bought via WEAVE (Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment), a Fairtrade organisation in Thailand that supports indigenous women (Karen and Karenni), girls and young children who are living in the camps.

WEAVE was founded in 1990. The Foundation strives to create a world where empowered women and their children are free to exercise their rights and live peacefully in a just, humane and equitable society. WEAVE's work includes the India-China-Myanmar border, but mainly concentrates along the Thai-Myanmar border.

Take a look at the cotton scarves handwoven by Karenni women.

Karenni refugees

Karenni artisans

Karenni refugee site

Arghand

Arghand

The Arghand cooperative in Kandahar was founded in May 2005 by Sarah Chayes who lives in Afghanistan and spends most her time between Kabul and Kandahar. More about Arghand

Artisans from Myanmar

Artisans from Myanmar

Myanmar has a strong tradition of weaving. Its many artisans have been long making the most beautiful handwoven silk fabrics and are also well known for their complex handwoven tribal cottons. More about Artisans from Myanmar

Atis Fanm Matènwa

Atis Fanm Matènwa

Atis Fanm consists of a group of women from Matènwa, a rural village in the mountains of la Gonave, an island off the coast of Haiti. More about Atis Fanm Matènwa

Basha

Basha

Basha is a young Fairtrade organisation in Dhaka and Mymensing, Bangladesh. Its aim is to support underprivileged women in finding dignified employment. Basha's vision is to continue to grow as long a.. More about Basha

Craft Village

Craft Village

Craft Village supports weaving families in the countryside of Cambodia by ordering and selling handwoven scarves and shawls. More about Craft Village

Equitable Marketing Association

Equitable Marketing Association

The Equitable Marketing Association (EMA) is a fair trade organisation in the province West Bengal in the northeast of India. EMA was established in 1977 at the initiative of seven cooperatives. More about Equitable Marketing Association

Kelzang Wangmo

Kelzang Wangmo

Many women in Bhutan have learned their excellent weaving skills at a very young age from their mothers. Only few countries show such an amount of exquisite weaving, and still appreciate this form of .. More about Kelzang Wangmo

Kimdo Pashmina

Kimdo Pashmina

Kimdo Pashmina is an impressive family business in Kathmandu, Nepal. Daya Bir Sing Kanshakar, late father of currect owner Prakash Kanshakar, founded the social enterprise in 1959. The enterprise's go.. More about Kimdo Pashmina

Mulberries

Mulberries

Mulberries is a fair trade organisation in the northeast of Laos. Mulberries was established in 1994 by Kommaly Chanthavong and seeks to create opportunities and income for people in Laos. More about Mulberries

Ny Tanintsika

Ny Tanintsika

Ny Tanintsika (literally: Our Land / Our Earth) is a non-governmental organisation working for the conservation of nature in Madagascar. The organisation works together with villagers and farmers from.. More about Ny Tanintsika

Sabahar

Sabahar

Sabahar is a Fairtrade organisation in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The organisation’s aim is to offer underprivileged women and men a sustainable income. At present Sabahar employs one hundred and twen.. More about Sabahar

Sana Hastakala

Sana Hastakala

Sana Hastakala (meaning "Small Handicraft") is a nonprofit organisation in Kathmandu. The organisation markets the rich, traditional and artistic craftsmanship of small-scale producers. This way, it h.. More about Sana Hastakala

Vinita

Vinita

Vinita is an artist in her fifties living in the northern part of Thailand. Because being an artist does not pay well, she now earns an income by dyeing silk scarves. More about Vinita

Weavers from Isan province

Weavers from Isan province

Some of the artisans that make our scarves we have not met in person. As we do not know their individual story, we refer to those artisans as ‘weavers from Isan Province’ without any further speci.. More about Weavers from Isan province