Fair Fashion - Ethniclanna

Fair Fashion

Since our company's beginning, we have been dedicated to producing fashion that serves both the customer and the artisan. Each of the following Fair Trade Principles describes a piece of Ethnic Lanna, and together they encompass who we are.
Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
We currently source materials from Hmong, Karen, Akha and Lisu Hill Tribes in Northern Thailand and Vietnam. Southeast Asia continues to develop at a quick pace, so these hill tribe communities often struggle to gain fair access to the modern economy; many who source from these tribes, take advantage of this fact.
Through economically sustainable pricing, we are bridging the gap between the artisans and the vast modern global economy. Our goal in doing this is to foster an environment where our Hill Tribe partners will flourish, become self-sustaining, and encourage growth and success for themselves, their families, and their local communities. We are also providing charitable service to these communities through our Ethnic Lanna Helps Foundation.
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Fair Trading Practices
We currently work with over 100 women in Northern Thailand, because we believe in preserving their rich culture, through sustainable fair trade. Every level of production is environmentally friendly and promotes safe working conditions, while providing proper wages to the people who make our company the success it is today. While many women in Thailand are exploited by the sewing trade, which frequently pays seamstresses well under minimum wage, all of our staff is paid at or above the Thai minimum wage. We value the beautiful work that our Artisans in Chiang Mai and in the Hill Tribes put into our products, so we work hard to ensure they’re receiving the payment and recognition they deserve.
Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women's Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association Our female artisans in Chiang Mai and in the Hill Tribes are able to provide for their communities because they work in Fair Fashion. Helping these women boost their communities is what fuels us. These women, combined with the rest of our massively diverse team is a beautiful reflection of the fact that we do not discriminate based on race, class, gender or sexual orientation. Our staff comes from 4 continents, speaks 7 languages (Spanish, Chinese, Thai Sign Language and more) and represents the diversity of the real world. This diversity doesn’t only boost the understanding in our work environment, it also provides a workspace that is playful, exciting, creative and loving.
Providing Capacity Building
In our Workshop we support the creative growth and learning of our talented group of Artisans in Chiang Mai. They are given extensive training in artisanal craftsmanship and are taught how to interact in a multi-cultural business environment. We also offer english language classes to our Thai and Hill Tribe staff three times per week. For some, this is their first job working in an international and Fair Trade environment; the language, business and handicraft knowledge they’ve learned here have prepared them for a lifetime of superior quality and non-exploitative working environments.
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Respect for the Environment
We produce a large number of products that come from repurposed Vintage Products, as well as leftover fabrics from our textile manufacturing sister company Lanna Textiles Co. The up cycling of textiles allows us to extend the life cycle of hill tribe fabrics, while also preserving the cultural implications they hold. The textiles we use to make our products are largely organic hemp, cotton and canvas. The more vibrant fabrics are treated with natural dyes such as indigo, and many of our handbags and accessories are made by skilled hands. We truly believe in the power of producing environmentally friendly products.
Promoting Fair Trade
We understand the importance of informing and educating the world about Fair Trade. We consistently work to educate our customers on what the fashion industry is doing wrong, while showing them what it looks like to provide skilled seamstresses and artisans the kind of jobs they have a human right to.
Commitment to Non Through social media and in our personal communication with customers across the globe, we set an example by telling the stories of our Artisans and our relationship with Hill Tribes. Our online presence allows us to show fashionistas who made their products, so that they can empathize with them, and use that empathy to become culturally and environmentally conscious consumers.