Binh Minh is Vietnamese for morning sun, and this collective in Northern Vietnam is just a few kilometers from the South China Sea, a spectacular vantage point from which to welcome the sun each and every morning. It is here the collective of 20 families operates 25 looms and can weave up to 5,000 shawls and scarves a month. Binh Minh uses only local Vietnam raised silk in all of its hand spun yarns, and plant based dyes for colour.
Ton Fai is Thai for "cotton tree." The weavers of Ton Fai are committed to using only 100% locally grown cotton fibers in the production of all their textiles. Each step in the crafting process, from the spooling and dyeing of the yarns, to setting the weft and running the shuttle is done by hand in the traditional Thai style passed down through generations.
Though primarily fruit and rice farmers, the Ton Fai group has been weaving for fifteen years in between their harvest and planting seasons as a secondary source of sustainable income for their families. As opposed to many rural Thai needing to leave their families behind to seek work in larger cities, this local business allows the weavers to work on their own schedules and with their neighbors in their own beautiful mountainside community.