Jungle Vine Bag

A Million Elephants

Jungle Vine Bag

The Classic Jungle Bag is made from 100% jungle vine fibre that grows naturally in northern Laos. Local villagers have been using "kheuapiad" (jungle vine) for carrying crops, tools and stones for hundreds of years. The Khmu, an indigenous ethnic group in northern Laos, harvest, hand spin and tie the vines into bags.
This eco-friendly bag is perfect for those looking for an organic and completely natural product, as the vines grow without any cultivation, irrigation or chemicals. Use as a market, gym or beach bag. Also great for traveling with as it is compact and lightweight!
Don't let the delicate lace appearance fool you, these bags are very strong and stretchy.
 



 

 

Material: Kheuapiad (Jungle Vine)
Note: Due to the handmade nature of this bag, product may slightly vary as each one is unique.

The local villagers in Laos call it kheuapiad (jungle vine) and have been using it for hundreds of years.

By purchasing from this, you are helping provide economic opportunities and preserving this ancient Khmu craft.

A full-time artisan is able to financially support his whole family when they receive fair wages and safe environments to work in. A MILLION ELEPHANTS donates 10% of profits annually to an NGO in Laos.

Between 1964 and 1973, Laos suffered heavy bombings, in what is other words known as "America's Secret War". As part of America’s strategy against communism, American air force dropped an average of one attack every eight minutes for nine years, making Laos the most heavily bombed country in history per capita.
A Million Elephants works with 2 families in the village, providing them with a secondary income afterr the rice harvest
season.

A MILLION ELEPHANTS works with many different artisans all across Laos. Many of the handwoven textiles and silk products are made in northern Luang Prabang or Vientiane, while our recycled UXO products are only made in a small rural village called Ban Naphia in the Xieng Khuang province. Our jungle vine products are made by the Khmu, an indigenous group in the northern provinces of Oudomxay and Bokeo. All products are handmade using traditional skills and techniques that have been passed on for generations.

Brittany lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada. Growing up in a mixed family with a Laotian father, she has always had a desire to connect with her cultural roots. She had her first visit to Laos in January 2017 when she was 26 years old and immediately felt a connection with the people and environment. One evening at a night market in Luang Prabang, she met a child selling handicrafts made from war shrapnel. This single encounter with a child the same age as her own son, sparked and inspired the idea behind A MILLION ELEPHANTS.

A million elephants creates opportunities for Lao artisans to earn supplementary income while at the same time contributing to the growing cultural awareness of Laos.

They work with artisans in various villages to create items for the socially conscious. They believe that trade should have a conscience and artisans should receive fair value for their work. Maximizing profits at the expense of other people and our planet is not their philosophy.

Shop A Million Elephants products here

Learn more about our values here.

 

The Details

 

Material: Kheuapiad (Jungle Vine)
Note: Due to the handmade nature of this bag, product may slightly vary as each one is unique.

The local villagers in Laos call it kheuapiad (jungle vine) and have been using it for hundreds of years.

By purchasing from this, you are helping provide economic opportunities and preserving this ancient Khmu craft.

The Cause

A full-time artisan is able to financially support his whole family when they receive fair wages and safe environments to work in. A MILLION ELEPHANTS donates 10% of profits annually to an NGO in Laos.

Between 1964 and 1973, Laos suffered heavy bombings, in what is other words known as "America's Secret War". As part of America’s strategy against communism, American air force dropped an average of one attack every eight minutes for nine years, making Laos the most heavily bombed country in history per capita.
A Million Elephants works with 2 families in the village, providing them with a secondary income afterr the rice harvest
season.

A MILLION ELEPHANTS works with many different artisans all across Laos. Many of the handwoven textiles and silk products are made in northern Luang Prabang or Vientiane, while our recycled UXO products are only made in a small rural village called Ban Naphia in the Xieng Khuang province. Our jungle vine products are made by the Khmu, an indigenous group in the northern provinces of Oudomxay and Bokeo. All products are handmade using traditional skills and techniques that have been passed on for generations.

The Woman

Brittany lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada. Growing up in a mixed family with a Laotian father, she has always had a desire to connect with her cultural roots. She had her first visit to Laos in January 2017 when she was 26 years old and immediately felt a connection with the people and environment. One evening at a night market in Luang Prabang, she met a child selling handicrafts made from war shrapnel. This single encounter with a child the same age as her own son, sparked and inspired the idea behind A MILLION ELEPHANTS.

The Brand

A million elephants creates opportunities for Lao artisans to earn supplementary income while at the same time contributing to the growing cultural awareness of Laos.

They work with artisans in various villages to create items for the socially conscious. They believe that trade should have a conscience and artisans should receive fair value for their work. Maximizing profits at the expense of other people and our planet is not their philosophy.

Shop A Million Elephants products here

The Values

Learn more about our values here.

 

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