The Thai in Then Luong, Yen Chau, Son La 

The Thai are the third largest ethnic group in Vietnam. Their ancestors migrated to Vietnam many years ago settling mainly in the Northwestern regions. The Thai usually live in bamboo houses built on stilts, and roofs are traditionally thatch. Many Thai households contain stacks of colorful painted chests, mattresses, hand-woven blankets and pillows. They also contain rattan tables, bamboo stools, and numerous baskets.

Before projects carried out by Oxfam Hong Kong and Craft Link were initiated, the Thai women in Then luong had no income other than what they earned by working in the rice paddies. The projects have helped the women with trainings in accounting, quality control, natural dyeing, marketing and management. The new products all incorporate the designs and skills, which have been passed down through generations. 

For more information about this project, please contact:

51 Van Mieu, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: (84-24) 37336101 - Fax: (84-24) 38437926 - Website: