2) VANNA is my favorite bag, because it’s simple, aesthetic and you can carry it around you as a fanny bag! I’m quite active, therefor this bag suits my daily life very well.
What’s the plan for the next year for Manava: We will be launching a new home collection, with storage baskets, planters, bowls and so on. SS21 will be released with earrings, bags and hopefully a hat. Opening a shop in Siem Reap, but let’s see how the situation is with this pandemic. Furthermore, we are planning to join the fair Maison et Objet in Paris September 2021!
Name one thing you cannot find in Cambodia and that you miss: My mom’s food <3
What was the last gift you gave someone: A Loofah sponge and natural soap
After answering these questions, you walk outside and find $1,000 on your doorstep. What would you spend it on: I would love to spend this on a trip out with our artisan weavers team, anywhere they would like to go. On life skills training for our team provided by Women’s Recourse Center. And treat myself on some products from Shop Satu.
Some of our favourite lifestyle products from Manava
Manava was founded in 2016 and is a social enterprise created to support rural Cambodian artisanal women for a stable and sustainable future. The founder is Ka-Lai Chan, a Dutch designer with Asian roots who has worked for 10+ years with renowned international design brands. Co-founder Baraing Tho is a local Khmer man who has an impressive background working with several creative NGO’s within Cambodia. Together Ka-Lai and Baraing are currently working closely with 24 female artisans, all of whom are living in Krobey Riel village located just 10 km outside of Siem Reap. Translated from Sanskrit, Manava means humankind. Manava believes in love, people and culture being at the heart of all their designs. They support female artisans by creating exclusive, artisanal rattan products that strengthen the international reputation of Cambodia's creative industries. Manava provides their artisans with a sustainable income, empowers their creativity and offers them a safe working environment, where their views and opinions matter.
Shop the Manava Collection here.