As a sustainable travel addict, I discovered the beauty of traditional handicrafts while on a five-week trip through South East Asia. I was amazed at how hard these women worked to make their traditional textiles, and pleasantly surprised by their excitement for teaching it to others. I was also shocked to learn that their weaving cultures are in danger of going extinct, as modernization is slowly filtering into the traditional communities and younger generations are forced to move away in order to find jobs that will support their families. That's when I knew I had to do something. I now live where the weavers are located, work closely with these amazing women, and ask this question every day: "Do you know where your bags come from?"
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