Tie-dye Products – Ban Lions,Thailand
Since 2007 the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has been working in conjunction with Andaman Discoveries and Naucrates (NGO's) to develop sustainable livelihoods in Lion Village on Phra Thong (Golden Buddha) Island in the north Andaman region of Thailand.
Since 2007 the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has been working in conjunction with Andaman Discoveries and Naucrates (NGO’s) to develop sustainable livelihoods in Lion Village on Phra Thong (Golden Buddha) Island in the north Andaman region of Thailand. Supporting and promoting sustainable livelihoods is an important tool in stimulating the exchange of ideas and information on the conservation and restoration of mangrove forests and associated habitats.
In 2010 with financial support from NZAID, MAP helped with the formation of a woman’s natural tie-dye cooperative in Lions village. This is an island that was severely affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. As a result, Lions village was built farther inland as a replacement for the original village of Pak Chok, which was completely destroyed during this tragic event.
The women’s cooperative is not only a great source of hope, innovation, but also a much needed supplementary source of family income to their husband’s meagre earnings from small-scale fisheries. Like many traditional fishers they face growing problems from the ravage of trawlers, habitat destruction, and ever increasing diesel fuel costs. The group members have been striving hard to develop creative new designs and practical products using local knowledge and materials. All of the products are made with 100% natural plant-based dyes and 100% cotton fabric. All dyes are sourced on the island, such as from the barks of mangrove and paper-bark trees, the leaves of Indian Almond and wild passion flower. The women sustainably harvest the materials for their dyes and also to ensure a convenient economical plant supply they grow some dye sources in their community garden.
By purchasing these beautiful Ban Lions Tye Dye handcrafted products you will not only supporting these women’s livelihood but also their important conservation work. To discover how to order head to the Andaman Discoveries handicrafts web page by clicking here.
Exchange rate: 30 baht = 1 USD / 41 baht = 1 EURO
Available for purchase through Andaman Discoveries.