Our Mission


'Taleo' is the Lao word for the bamboo talisman placed above doorways and on village gates to protect homes and families from spirits.

Taleo Handmade is a fair trade business dedicated to empowering ethnic minority women in remote villages in Laos and Vietnam. Our artisan partners are expert weavers, batik artists, embroiderers, and natural indigo dyers.  Your purchase allows our talented artisans the opportunity to provide better education, nutrition and healthcare for themselves and their families.

Our work echoes the spirit of the taleo by: 

empowering women through ethical sourcing
protecting our planet through the use of sustainable materials

preserving authentic textile traditions through local partnerships