Ethnic Lanna

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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About Ethnic Lanna

Ethnic Lanna shares with the world Hmong inspired purses, accessories, clothing, shoes and jewelry. We are located right in the heart of Chiang Mai, the capital of the North of Thailand. We have been in business over 3 years and our commitment to the people of Thailand and the generosity of our customers is what has made this company a success story. We fell in love with Hmong textiles the moment we laid our eyes on them! These tribal groups have expressed their faith, belief and way of life into each piece of fabric, making each piece of clothing or bag come to life with an amazing history behind it!

Who are the Hmong? They are an Asian ethnic group from the mountain regions of China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Originally from southern China, the Hmong gradually migrated south during the 18th century due to political unrest and to find more workable land. Today, many Hmong are located in the remote thick forests and mountains terrain of the northern Thai regions and are well integrated into Thai society. They are rich in culture, family, and art and are distinctive in their fabric patterns and vibrant costumes.

Ethnic Lanna helps these hill tribe women produce eco-friendly handbags and then makes them available to purse lovers all over the world. All levels of our production are environmentally friendly and promote safe working conditions and a good salary. We currently work with over 100 women in the Northern Thailand area and are soon to expand into Laos. We believe in preserving the Hmong culture, sustainability and fair trade. From up-cycled vintage baby carriers, jackets and other hand woven fabrics we showcase a variety of the Hmong artistic talent that would make for a charming part of your wardrobe. While expanding your fashion collection globally you will be supporting the developing communities of the Hmong women of Thailand.

At Ethnic Lanna we are proud of our collaboration with the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand. Through the years we have grown from promoting their products to the global marketplace to following in their footsteps and repurposing their beautiful fabrics that they have been so generous to allow us to use. As we’ve grown closer to our partners we’ve come to learn more about the different types of fabrics available and their origins and history. The magic they are able to create when they transform what was once an object for everyday use into a piece of art is what inspired us to try and promote their work to the world and to try our hand at a little of the same.

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