This is our A-Luoi tool case.
The fabric is woven by women in the A-Luoi tribe in the central highlands of Vietnam, a 3 hour drive from the old capital city of Hue.
Sharon met some of the weavers at a TrAIDe fair sponsored by the French government, and loved the intricate patterns in their weaving. The white beads are woven in on the weft strings, resulting in the beautiful fabric you see here.
Traditionally, this fabric has been used for daily wear, but will probably become more for ceremonial wear as tourism increases and there are fewer weavers. The A-Luoi tool case is another product in Lantern Moon’s Heritage Textiles Program. Creating a market for this weaving means that a traditional handcraft will not be lost. This allows the weavers to stay in their communities, passing their skills on to the next generation.
Would you like this tool case? We’re giving one away, along with the iconic Lantern Moon fan.
Just leave a comment below, telling me what you’d keep in your A-Luoi case. Contest closes on Wednesday, August 18, at 5 p.m. PDT. I’ll draw a winner with the random number generator on Thursday.