‘Taleo’ is the Lao word for the bamboo talismans placed above doorways and on village gates to protect homes and families from spirits. We chose Taleo Handmade as our name because we want to echo the protective spirit of the ‘taleo’ and support the preservation of community-specific textile traditions.
All our items are authentic, handmade textiles created by women in ethnic minority villages in Southeast Asia. They're made with natural materials and traditional techniques.
Our artisan partners use traditional processes that are in accordance with fair trade practices but many of these communities are too small to get accreditation from any type of certifying body.
Yes! Our artisans work in harmony with nature to create handwoven, naturally-dyed textiles that are free of harmful commercial chemicals. We use natural dyes for everything except embroidery threads which the artisans buy in local markets in Vietnam.
We have relationships with women in Vietnam’s Black Hmong, Red Flower Hmong, and Black Flower Hmong communities. In Laos, we work with Tai Lue, Phou Tai, Khmu, Katu, and Lanten people. Learn more about our partners and their craft traditions.
Buy something from our online shop! Your purchase supports sustainable livelihoods for our women artisans and preserves community-specific textile traditions.
Yes! We ship worldwide from Massachusetts, USA. (TBD)
A; Free shipping on orders over $100 or $10 within the US and $20 international. (TBD)
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