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Saoban

97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos
+856 20 77 839 152
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Purchase with a purpose

Beautiful quality handicrafts made by Lao villagers, keeping traditional arts and crafts alive... read more

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Reviewed November 13, 2015
Bruce1002
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Tumut, Australia
The best shopping experience

We loved shopping Saoban. First,their merchandise is all handmade directly from many villages in... read more

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Reviewed November 12, 2015
Blingdiva
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Raleigh, NC
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Saoban is a fair trade business and a retail outlet for more than 300 village artisans. When you buy from Saoban, you provide employment and training for the artisan, and the profits stay in the village communities. Products include hand woven silk and cotton textiles using natural dyes, indigo ikat textiles, bamboo wares, silver jewellery, bags and accessories.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average3%
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97/1 Chao Anou Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed November 13, 2015

Beautiful quality handicrafts made by Lao villagers, keeping traditional arts and crafts alive! Best place to buy a little piece of Lao.

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Reviewed November 12, 2015

We loved shopping Saoban. First,their merchandise is all handmade directly from many villages in Laos.The proceeds go back to the artists that make them. Second, the quantity and quality is beyond compare. Third, the store itself is beautifully done. We went back to shop there...More

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Reviewed November 12, 2015

Saoban is supporting and helping villagers in their handicraft works, they have program in place which are totally equitable. Saoban is promoting the villagers products in their Vientiane shop. If you are looking for truly handicraft made by villagers in Lao, this is the right...More

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Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

Best quality products! Worth a visit to purchase Lao products. Besides, they follow fair trade principles. A must go in town.

Thank Cristina M
SaobanCrafts, Manager at Saoban, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2015

Thank you so much

Reviewed October 23, 2015

This shop sells village handicrafts manufactured primarily, or entirely, by women, It was originally started to provide meaningful work for women who wete being exploited in the sex trade and it is heartwarming to see that a significant percentage of the profits go back to...More

Thank Tony B
Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Nice shop although limited products and little visible explanation of their projects. I felt the prices were rather high but it is for a good cause

Thank annaengel1053
Reviewed August 28, 2015

There are some beautiful textiles and handicrafts in this shop. It's a fair trade organisation that supports local villages.

Thank Bec7369
Reviewed August 7, 2015

Although similar to Mulberries and Mixay Boutic, there were some particularly beautiful examples of Lao Silk scarves in unusual colors--a bit different from the other gift boutiques in this area

Thank FabGlinda
Reviewed July 11, 2015

Of all the fair-trade handicraft places I've been (which is quite a few), Saoban has the most variety (they even had a woven iPad cover / case), the finest textiles (their silk scarfs are the softest I've ever felt), and the best prices (as a...More

Thank Jocelyn T
Reviewed July 2, 2015

There are many dimensions to this place - the INDIGO fabrics are fabulous. The history and examples of natural dyeing processes. The trinkets made from the millions of tons of bombs dropped during the war. The support for the villages engaged in the product production....More

Thank 12davidjr
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