Empower Women Asia Project
Over the last two years, KIBV has been working on a pilot project at Lac Village-Mai Chau Hoa Binh with a vision to preserve, maintain and promote this traditional weaving village of Vietnam toward a more sustainable production and development (see link project https://www.empowerwomenasia.org/)
By offering minority groups and underprivileged women & girls in the area free access to training programs to improve their skill and knowledge, KIBV’s goal is not only to increase their competitive advantages and secure a stable income but also to make positive environmental, humanitarian and cultural impacts among the community by promoting environmentally and social practices in Vietnam from producers to consumers. Participants learn among others the relevant techniques of natural dyeing, hand weaving as well as sewing which they later can apply in the production of making traditional, handmade and sustainable weaving products at high quality and standard. Our public events and activities such as organizing workshops for tourists help KIBV to promote the traditional process of making fabric from raw material (raw cotton, silk threads), natural dyeing and hand weaving on the loom. Once the pilot is successfully completed, the program will be expanded to other traditional villages in Vietnam in order to help maintain and promote these villages with a view of fostering sustainable production and development.
Despite the difficult situation throughout most of the year 2020 resulted by the pandemic, KIBV has been able to expand its activities to another villages to support other artisans women, giving them opportunities to take part in a national competition and event co-organized by KIBV so they could be able to promote their products and present them to a wide audience from all parts of the countries.