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“Very pleasant interlude in Laos”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mulberries

Mulberries
Ranked #18 of 75 things to do in Vientiane
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Owner description: Mulberries Fair Trade Stores are located in central Vientiane and Luang Prabang old town. Our Organic Mulberry Farm is located in Xieng Khouang province, just outside the city of Phonsavan. We're a short 20min drive from the historic Plain of Jars sites. Please come and visit our farm if you are traveling in the area, tours are available between 8am-4pm Monday-Saturday. For directions see our website.Our aim is to advance a economic, cultural and socially sustainable Lao silk and handicraft enterprise that improves the livelihood of the people we work with. An important part of our work is to ensure that our environmental, cultural and artistic resources are safeguarded for future generations. In purchasing products from Mulberries Fair Trade Stores, you will be supporting the economic livelihood of Lao village communities. You can help us to ensure that traditional skills and artistic designs distinctive to Lao culture are passed on to younger generations.
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“Very pleasant interlude in Laos”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

Excellent setting and fantastic handmade things to buy. Negotiate having your tuk tuk driver stay for an hour or so and them go back to the hotel happy as Larry

Visited April 2012
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Bali, Indonesia
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“Only organic & fair trade silk in Laos, a must see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2012

We have spent 5 days working with Mulberries in order to realize a video about their project.
The farm is organic & fair trade certified, they produce high quality silk and side products like silk protein packed cosmetics.

We had time to really get to know the people by staying there a few days, learn Miss Kommaly's story, how she started the farm 20 years ago, how she developped it and how they now work with more than 3000 villager of rural Laos.

We also saw quite a few visitors coming to the farm during our shooting there, all looked very interested by the tour, most of them left with a silk scarf from the gift shop because these scarves are just too beautifull to miss out on them.

Enough talks, here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5TqnlZgY3I

Visited February 2012
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Lovely place with lovely people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

Because we had the Mulberry green tea with our breakfast in Phonsavan we went to the farm a little out of town. The manager welcomed us with open arms and arranged a little tour through the farm. Our tourguide came right out the field and explaned us everything. He apologised for his English but he did a great job. We were really amazed by the way the make the silk. During our trip we visited 2 other silk factory's but this one was by far the most special one. After our tour we talked with the manager (who was nominated for the Nobel price in 2005) and drank a cup of tea.

Don't hesitate to go, it's really worth it!

Visited January 2012
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“Silk Farm in Phonsavan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

Located just out of Phonsavan, the Mulberries Organic Silk Farm is a 45 hectare property dedicated to the revival and survival of all aspects of Lao silk production. Established in 1993, Mulberries’ mission is to “create income generating opportunities for Lao people in a socially and environmentally responsible manner”
They have 17 of the 45 hectares under mulberry trees which are used to provide breakfast, lunch & dinner for the silkworms bred and grown on the farm. Specially built temperature controlled buildings house all stages of the silk process.
A large garden provides the raw materials for all thread and fabric dyeing. Plants including indigo and tamarind are cultivated close to the dye rooms. In excess of 80 different colours can be produced using natural dyes.
Silk is grown, reeled, spun and woven at the farm as women from all over Laos develop skills which they can then take back to their villages and utilise to generate an income.
The weaving room allows visitors to view women making a number of silk items including scarves, table runners as well as fabric by the metre. At the time of my visit, a number of commission pieces were being produced.
Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the farm and buildings with friendly English speaking staff before the opportunity to purchase a variety of stunning silk items from the small shop.
For anyone with an interest in yarn or fabric, this is a most worthwhile place to visit.

Visited July 2011
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