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How to travel – Why we love public transport

When you’re travelling independently, you’re faced with various options to get around. You can fly, take the bus or go on an organised tour. Using public transport in a foreign country can be problematic and daunting but for us, there’s no better way to see the country you’re in and here’s why; 1. You will […]

Lao Silk Weaving

A brief history The art of silk manufacture was invented in China as early as 3500BC. In legend, it was the Empress Leizu who was responsible for discovering silk and until 200BC the secret remained closely guarded within China. The material captured the imagination of everybody who came into contact with it, making it at […]

Mekong Quilts

Introducing Mekong Quilts In March last year, we visitied Mekong Quilts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. HCMC, or Saigon is a hugely bustling, hot city in the South of Vietnam near the Mekong Delta. More Western in feel to the quieter, more stately capital of Hanoi in the North. Packed with history and the […]

…in a strange land in The Cafe in the Attic, Berkhamsted

We are very pleased to announce that you are now able to purchase …in a strange land products from the Café in the Attic in Berkhamsted. Beautifully situated on the 4th floor of Home and Colonial, the café offers freshly made cakes, sandwiches and hot meals alongside Fair Trade tea and coffee including our very […]

Reaching Out – Handmade in Hoi An

Introducing Reaching Out On 10th March, 2014, we visited Binh Le, the founder of Reaching Out. We were a week into a sourcing trip and very happy to arrive in Hoi An for the first time in 10 years. We had been in touch with Binh and his wife Quyen in the weeks leading up […]

Trip to My Son – Vietnam

In March, we took a break from sourcing new products in Vietnam to visit the Cham temple complex of My Son. Jumped on our motorbike at 4am and drove the 40km to get there from Hoi An as they were opening. Made it in time to beat the tourist herds and were rewarded with breathtaking […]