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Online report features suppliers offering handcrafted bags and wallets made of cotton, silk, rattan and other natural materials

VIENTIANE, Laos, Jan. 30, 2017The Hinrich Foundation released the Laos Sourcing Report: Bags & wallets with the support of its partner in export development, Global Sources (NASDAQ: GSOL).

The online report profiles bags and wallets, and features an overview of the industry, new product features, price guides and export data. PDFs of each section are available to download for free online.

Among the suppliers interviewed for the report, Sisterhood Handicrafts in Vientiane produces hemp bags and wallets featuring indigo batik motifs. The company’s selection includes hemp laptop pouches with a cotton cross-stitched detail.

Saoban, also in Vientiane, offers bamboo tote bags with handwoven cotton trims. This company works with local artisans to preserve and promote Laos handicrafts. Its product ranges include fashion accessories, gifts and home decorations.

Report highlights handcrafted designs in natural materials

Suppliers of bags and wallets in Laos are leveraging the skills of local craftsmen to grow their businesses. Several companies are adopting textiles woven by nearby handicraft communities. Some exporters source semifinished or finished products from local villages.

Laos’ government and a number of private organizations have implemented several initiatives to keep weaving, dyeing and other traditional crafts. Bag and wallet suppliers that subcontract production to local villages often provide these communities training to ensure products meet customer specifications.

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC), for instance, provides small loans, training and market information to artisans. Through the TAEC Museum Shop, TAEC Boutique and its online shop, this private nonprofit museum in the town of Luang Prabang sells crafts sourced directly from artisan communities.

Makers use domestic natural materials such as cotton, rattan and silk. Handwoven cotton fabrics with plant-based dyes are sourced mainly from northern Laos, while rattan can be sourced from various parts of the country. Silk can be procured domestically or sourced from China, Thailand, India and Vietnam.

The report further shows:

– Suppliers are expanding their selections of handcrafted bags and wallets by combining fabrics such as silk and cotton with bamboo or rattan.

– Bag manufacturers are creating products specifically meant to hold laptops, tablet computers, smartphones and other mobile devices.

– Bag and wallet suppliers typically also offer other fashion accessories such as shawls and scarves.

Laos Sourcing Report: Bags & wallets is one of a series of online Sourcing Reports covering emerging Asia supply markets. A full version of the report can be viewed online here.

Other related Sourcing Reports available online are: Fashion accessories, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Nepal; Leather products, India, Indonesia and Nepal; Bags, Vietnam and Nepal.

Sourcing from Laos buyer’s guide

To help buyers new to Laos sourcing, the Hinrich Foundation has prepared a guide that provides an overview of the industries and products available.

Buyers will also learn how to find and evaluate reliable suppliers, available banking options, common methods of payment, shipping details and steps to avoid or settle trade disputes here.