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.
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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.
"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.
tin smithing training
We could not do it without our excellent packing team!
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
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.