Indigo Cat
Speciality & Gift Shops
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8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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At Indigo Cat shop, we carefully choose our fabrics directly by visiting local families from all over the northern part of Vietnam. Those families and Indigo Cat agree on a fair price that covers the cost of labor and materials and enables artisans to earn a fair compensation for their work. All these artisans can plan for the future with constant orders from month to month. We are now working with more than 50 different families and we are employing 3 women in our workshop located in Ta Van village. By purchasing items from us, our customers are directly impacting the local minority communities to create a better life for them and their families.
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Oliwia
9 contributions
Solo
I am greatly interested in art of fabrics. My husband took me for super treking combined with batik workshop from Indigo Cat. We had a scenic walk for about 10 km from Sa Pa to Ta Van village where the sweetest and lovely teacher had showed me the secrets of batik making and indigo. You have to reserve minimum 3 hours for the whole process. It is such a meticulous and complex craft and everyone interested in artisan work and diy will greatly enjoy it. My teacher was very patient and truly applied learning by doing method of educating. I was so satisfied with observing her work, teach and also happy with the effect. Additionally we made a little shopping on the spot. Highly recommend this very unique and rare experience.
Written February 9, 2020
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timmind
Stevens Point, WI412 contributions
Our timing for visiting Sapa was unfortunate. The day before we arrived, all of the usual craft sellers in CatCat village had been quarantined due to Covid19 exposure, so we never had a chance to shop the way most tourists do. I was interested in Indigo batik work and was happy to come across this shop on our way back from CatCat. For a small shop they carry a nice variety from small trinkets to special items like hand woven, hand dyed hemp by the yard. Some items might be a bit pricey compared to bargaining in a village, but I was glad that they were open and willing to sell to me. While we shopped a street seller waited for us to buy something from her - I feel for the people here, tourists mostly gone and many of the local business people afraid to be in contact with outsiders because of virus fears - so I bought a small scarf from her also. So patient.
Written March 17, 2020
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Andrew K
Sueydongkorn, Cambodia28 contributions
Solo
Pan made me a bag for my partner that I took home as a gift. An amazing bag. And she made me a bag for my iPad - that too is amazing, and I use it every day. The sewing kits with the traditional patterns and the bracelets are a treat. Embroidery is such a feature of life in this area I found it delightful to know the meaning of some of the patterns. The stock in the shop is lovely - so tastefully chosen. Pan is warm and knowledgeable and the shop is a little haven - come in and browse. This is a must-visit when you come to Sapa.
Written September 14, 2013
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Thank you so much for your great review about us. It was a real pleasure to meet you and we really appreciate your interest about embroideries. Many people how come to visit our small shop are just seeing colors on the different products but we really want that people understand the meaning of the different patterns and we will continue to work on that way.
Written October 17, 2013
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Hubiba
Sapa, Vietnam41 contributions
Friends
I went there to find a local product, a souvenir for my family. They have a lot of different products which is great. Nicely presented and for once, prices are written down! So you have no surprise or bargain, this is good idea. I liked the cardamon with the recipee, which can make a good present back home.
Written March 10, 2014
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Thank you very much for taking time writing a review about us. We really appreciate that and hopefully making future guests knowing more about us.
Written March 14, 2014
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Flore N
Dieppe, France232 contributions
Family
A lovely little shop filled with beautiful things, all handmade- whether embroided or batik.
I especially loved the fact that it is all local things and benefitting locals, and that all the things are really handmade.
A lot of the stuff in the market is now machine made or made cheaply and fast.
This is the real thing.
And the prices are really good for what you get.
You will find little souvenirs as low as 5000 VND for a small cloth bracelet, or 20,000 VND for a metal one, and up to more than 2million for a massive, stunning handmade blanket, which is really incredibly good price for the work put in it.
highly recommended!
Go to the market for the fun of it, go here to actually shop...
Written June 9, 2018
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pkinbne2016
Brisbane, Australia46 contributions
Friends
When we arrived at the venue in the village for our batik class with Me, we were not greeted. However, there were three women there, and one was so drunk she could barely stand up. She turned out to be the designated teacher for our class! But she was far too drunk to teach, she nearly fell in the fire but I saved her.

A second woman pointed us to chairs and gave us each a piece of cotton on a block of wood. She spoke no English at all, so we had no verbal instruction. It was all done with pointing and nudging. Every so often Me would appear and sit down at the fire and want to take over, but she made a mess of whatever she did. She wouldn’t stay long - just long enough to be disruptive.

She was sobering up a little towards the time when we said we didn’t want to put any more designs on our fabric, and she came and offered us each a small purse to apologise and she said, so that we would say we were happy with the workshop and so we would say she taught us.

She asked us if we were happy and we said no, that we were not happy with being bribed to lie about who taught us and that we were happy. She was not happy with this once she understood it and then offered us a full refund, “because she didn’t need the money” and we were to leave behind the work we had done. This suited us because we weren’t willing to lie, we had not had any instruction, had not learned anything, and it was improper to be asked to lie.

Me pulled out 300,000 vnd to pay back our fee but I produced a receipt for the 700,000vnd we had paid. So she then phoned her daughter at the shop where we had paid to instruct her to refund us, but her daughter refused to do so.

It turned out I was using the tool incorrectly the whole time. I’m sure Me would have picked that up if she’d been teaching us. Also other reviews said she’s entertaining, we missed that.

We also had no water or toilet offered- hospitality was absent.

In short, we would certainly not recommend this workshop to anyone. Not sure how frequently Me is drunk so you’d never know until you turned up.
Written January 14, 2018
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While I shouldn't spend more time for you, I think I have to clarify some points for our future guests. When I saw you I had directly a bad feeling. I knew that whatever we could do for you, you would complain anyway. Your teacher was a skilled batik teacher with more than 40 years of practice. At 60 years old, yes she is not fluent on English but she is teaching our guests for 4 years now and nobody ever complain about her. It appear that only one lady was a annoying around you because she was drunk. I don't deny this but she has no relation with our business. It was difficult to told her to go away as she is living in the village where you been. It is things that we can't control. Every five minutes you two were complaining about the batik experience. Our teacher have a lot of patience but at one point it is difficult to teach anything in these conditions. You know, if you go to see a movie and you don't like it, are gonna ask for a refund when you go out of the cinema? You are clearly a lady who love complaining about anything. I invite our guests to check your profile and see by themselves how many 1-2 stars you gave on this website. A last point. No, our price for the class does not include transportation and entrance fees for the village. We clearly mention it both on our website and the leaflet we gave to you. So no hidden prices like you said before your departure of Sapa. I could report your review to TripAdvisor but I won't. First reason because it part of the game and second I feel funny to got a 1 star review based on not real experience of your afternoon. I believe and invite our future guests to check the other reviews to have a idea of the unique opportunity to discover the ancestral batik technique.
Written January 18, 2018
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shine47
Burlington, VT42 contributions
Solo
Hard to describe how much fun I had in the batik class. My My, Pang's mother and co-owner of this lovely enterprise (if I have the technicalities of ownership sorted out) is a master batik-er. She is also calm, funny, patient and encouraging. I just loved being in the village with her and so far, at least, in my 5 weeks here, this tops the cake.

I waxed and dyed my batik square yesterday and will pick it up today, one day later. If you want, they will make it into a wallet for you. Me, I'm going to frame it, so as to remember this wonderful business and these people.

Please note: this was the first, and might be still the only, handicraft shop in Sapa that is owned by Hmong people. And, women to boot. And the work they produce in their atelier is just the nicest I've seen anywhere in Vietnam.
Written December 9, 2015
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Kezya N
Launceston, Australia2 contributions
Family
Before arriving in Sapa I had read many great reviews for Indigo Cat and promised myself to find it and lucky for me that was a very easy task as my Sapa Sister guide Mao was able to take us directly after our trek as it's her sister, Pan who owes and runs Indigo Cat! I was not disappointed, the shop stocks a beautiful range of Hmong textile and I was able to buy something I will treasure forever. I will be sure to visit again when I am next in Sapa.
Written September 13, 2014
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Thanks so much for taking a bit of your time to post a nice review about our little shop. For next time and for our future visitors I want to let you know that is also possible to directly go trekking through us. More information available here at our shop.
Written September 24, 2014
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Wilfood
Oxford, UK83 contributions
Business
A really lovely, authentic Hmong shop just below the Cat Cat View hotel. Really stunning fabrics, bags and clothes for sale, all made in the surrounding villages.
Written May 12, 2014
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Thank you very for taking a few minutes to post a review about us. We continue everyday to propose the best quality products from the area.
Written May 14, 2014
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Nejolla
Edmonton, Canada43 contributions
If you want to find some great souvenirs from Sapa but don't want to haggle like crazy at the market this is your store!. Indigo Cat has the same beautiful souvenirs at great prices that you can find in the market.
Written November 9, 2019
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Indigo Cat is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM