our process

Our process is important because we create not only products, but also relationships through community.

It is particularly important to us that local artisans are empowered,

and feel a sense of safety and belonging by working at Thai Village.

Each item is crafted by several hands and has touched many lives.

product process

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local sourcing of materials

This hand-stitched embroidery technique is passed down by Hmong families. It is sourced from villages to be used in many different Thai Village products.

Thai Village began with a love for indigenous art forms, and we continue to create items that reflect the diverse cultures of Thailand. Many of our products begin with design techniques that have been part of local cultures for many generations. Hmong stitching, Karen and Shan weaving, local hand-made mulberry paper, teak wood, ethnic fabrics, and metalworking techniques inspire a large majority of Thai Village’s designs. By sourcing base materials from surrounding villages, we can give work to local people and support local art forms.

design

"Hand-stitched ornament designed by Nuut"


Our designs range from home items to jewelry to bags and ornaments, all of which go through many phases of development before arriving at a final product. Designs often originate from the abilities of specific artisans, prioritizing the skills already in our community. Some products are developed solely through the innovative ideas of our managers, while other products undergo several stages of design and review by a team of managers and volunteers.

training

tin smithing training

Thai Village offers ongoing training in new skills and product designs. Many of our artisans have young children at home or need flexibility in their work environments. Artisans train on-site with Thai Village managers and receive materials to work from home. They return finished products for quality control and payment upon completion. Catching up with artisans and their children is a highlight for on-site staff members when products are returned.

finished projects

We could not do it without our excellent packing team!

After a product has been completed, there is still much work to be done. The items must be checked for quality, correctly tagged, and put into bags or boxes. Like the rest of our process, it is important for us to pack our products in a way that involves local people and methods. Many of our boxes and jewelry forms are handmade out of mulberry paper and many of our packaging bags are also handmade by our sewing managers. Products are often assembled and packed during our community workday where artisans are invited to spend the afternoon together. The packaging team works diligently to get the product ready for the market.

Distribution

Products are shipped to wholesale customers and displays across the US, UK, and Australia, and we also have products available in Thailand in our showroom or by order.


Our Thailand showroom is open

9AM-5PM, Monday through Friday

funding for our programs and building community

Valentine’s Day outreach party

Both our craft program and donations help fund our primary mission to see people gain vocational skills and experience economic stability. Most importantly, this allows access to the Gospel and a community of believers. We love to see this process play out in meaningful conversations, meals, games, and studying the Bible together.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What kinds of vocational training does Thai Village do?

> Sewing, tin-smithing, leather-working, stitching, woodworking, macramé, jewelry making, and more!

Who are the people who work for Thai Village?

> We work with a variety of Thai people and ethnic minorities in Thailand, including, but not limited to Karen, Tai Yai (Shan), Hmong, etc. Many of the people who work for Thai Village have persevered despite very difficult circumstances. These factors put them at a high risk of being taken advantage of or make it difficult to hold a traditional job. Working with Thai Village gives them access to the Gospel, training and skills, dignified work, education opportunities, and a community.

> You can find more information about our individual artisans here.

How do people find out about and come to work for Thai Village?

>  Mostly, we see God’s incredible ability to bring the right people at the right time. Additionally, our managers’ commitment to considering others and time in their communities helps them identify people who are in need of work.

What is the purpose and vision of Thai Village?

> Thai Village exists to train and employ low-income people, to support Christian outreach and education, and to create opportunities to share God’s love in community. You can learn all about our vision here

How do artisans receive compensation for their work?

> True to fair-trade principles, Thai Village provides all materials and equipment so that there is no financial risk for the artisans. Wages are fair and agreed on beforehand, and artisans are paid regardless of if a product sells or not.