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Thai Tribal Crafts (TTC), established in 1973, is an agency sponsored by the Christian Service Foundation (Baptist) and registered in Chiang Mai in the name of "Thai Tribal Crafts". The main objective of TTC is to provide opportunities for improving the quality of life of the tribal people in the Northern Thailand.
We have over 25 years of experience of exporting to many commercial and fair trade organizations in the USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and Asia.
Thai Tribal Crafts has become a legal membership of International Federation for Alternative Trade (IFAT) since 17 May 2002.
The vision of Thai Tribal crafts is to trade as a Fair Trading Organization through providing development opportunities for the tribal peoples of Northern Thailand so that they can have a better life. In all we do, our aim is to show the love and mercy of God.
1. To be a non-profit marketing agency of tribal handicrafts in both the domestic and overseas markets.
Seven Hill tribes of Northern Thailand are involved in the project: the Akha, Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Lawa, Lisu and Mien groups, as well as many women working in Chiang Mai. All these craftsmen can be divided into three groups:
1). Producers of finished items
Are skilled in producing one type of item, mostly jewellery, baskets or musical instruments. Mien men for example are very skilled in working with silver, whereas some Lahu are specialized in items from bamboo like baskets.
2). Producers of raw materials
Can be divided into two groups:
- Producers of embroidery, applique, patchwork : The Lisu, Hmong, Mien, Lahu and Akha tribes are specialized in this production.
This group gathers the majority of the producers, with about 50 villages.
3). Final producers
This group corresponds to at least 30 women, who work in Chiang Mai, at home. They are trained by TTC staff. They assemble the raw materials done in the villages or bought in the market, in order to produce finished items like clothes, bags, household and furnishing textiles.
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