Social enterprise – True Colour Vientiane, Laos.
We were fortunate to be invited to the opening of True Colour in Vientiane, Laos. True Colour is a joint venture between Ma Té Sai and Houey Hong. This social enterprise brings Lao village artisans to consumers with their handmade homewares, accessories and gifts from stunning handwoven silks and beautiful cottons, making great mementos of Laos that embraces village life and traditions. Through product development with local artisans, families create a sustainable income with the hope that these skills will be passed down through generations.
True Colour also has an excellent in-house dressmaker, Ms That, who specialises in both Lao and Western-style garments. Now you can not only choose from cotton clothing, homewares and unique artisan gifts, but also from a selection of exquisite naturally dyed silk scarves, shawls, skirts and gifts (check out my purchases below).
Additionally, Houey Hong (only 7kms from the city centre) runs a series of dyeing workshops, teaching the skills involved with cultivating dyes and several dyeing techniques – from basic half-day classes to a more advanced six-day natural colour course. A great way to spend half a day and take home your own piece of work !
True Colour is now open Monday-Saturday from 8.30-20.30. Located in the city centre on the corner of Settathirath Road and Hengboun Noy Street Vientiane, Laos.