Sop Moei Arts is a non-profit organization, which has been working with the Pwo Karen in Sop Moei district of Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand for the last 30 years. We collaborate with local villagers to create unique, limited edition and one off products, employing their expertise in weaving and basket making. This provides not only a sustainable source of income for the Pwo Karen but also helps keep alive their traditional craft skills, which are rapidly disappearing.
Finally the Vine baskets are back in our Chiang Mai shop! Since our ‘Bending the Rules’ exhibition at La Luna last year, Karen master weaver Phu Khler has been busy. Our new collection features a range of his latest baskets, all in different shapes and sizes.
The Vine baskets are woven with rattan and jungle vines called “Monkey Ladders”. Not a traditional Karen basket, it is an example of the innovation that Phu Khler as brought to Sop Moei Arts. Each basket is truly unique; a meeting of the whimsical and the organic.