INTRODUCING PB FOUND – KHMU 1
Philipp found it by coincidence. About eight years ago, he discovered a shopping net in Tokyo, away from the well-known shopping centers. The lightness, structure and durability immediately inspired him. It weighs only 35g and can carry up to eight kilos. It left him no peace of mind to explore the craftsmanship behind it more closely, and in doing so he came across a fairytale story.
The shopping nets are made by an indigenous tribe called Khmu in Northern Laos, whose culture goes back thousands of years. In small, remote villages the bags are completely handmade. The fibre is obtained from local fast-growing pea bushes. They split, dry and spin the fibre by hand and further process it into bags of different sizes and different cuts. It takes about two weeks from the vine to the final product to make one single piece.
Traditionally, the Khmu used their handmade bags to collect food in the fields and forests. But the plastic material of the sacks, which are used to import goods from China, has greatly decimated the craft. For it has offered the Khmu a quickly implemented alternative.
Fortunately, an initiative for the handicraft has been launched, and with it the livelihood of individual families in many cases. Philipp has been in contact with them for a year now and has for the first time, a bag, Khmu 1, completely unchanged in the assortment.
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35,- € retail price
shopping net that is handmade by the Khmu, an indigenous tribe in northern Laos. The tradition of the tribe goes back several thousand years.
size: approx. 42,5 x 33,5 x 0,5 cm, due to the manual work the dimensions may vary slightly
weight: 35 g
maximum load carrying weight ca. 8 kg
net made of Jungle Vine®, made from fast growing peas cultivated, harvested, split, dried and knotted in Laos, in 40 different villages production time is 2 weeks per Net
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