About Team Vietnam
Meet Team Vietnam, a team composed of two artisan cooperatives located outside the capital city Hanoi. Team Vietnam specializes in handwoven silk products, a traditional form of Vietnamese craftsmanship that has struggled to compete in modern textile markets. Team Vietnam is committed to preserving local cultures, employing vulnerable groups and improving the quality of life for artisans around the country.
Team Vietnam is committed to employing mainly marginalized groups. They focus on partnering with ethnic minority groups, rural or isolated communities, people with disabilities and traditional villagers. By providing these groups with good jobs and access to national and international markets, Team Vietnam brings visibility and dignity to marginalized populations. Team Vietnam uses its profits to:
- Train artisans on technical skills
- Train artisans on business skills
- Bring traditional goods to modern markets
- Increase visibility of marginalized populations
- Improve livelihoods for artisans all over the country
How We Support Team Vietnam
We support Team Vietnam by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
- We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team Vietnam can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
- We recognize the difference between living wage and minimum wage, and we pay our artisans at least 2x the minimum wage in Vietnam, which is set at 125,000 Vietnamese dong per day ($5.50 USD).
Product Spotlight: Binh Scarf
This scarf is handmade by women silk weavers in traditional villages of Vietnam. Silk weaving is an ancient form of art in Vietnam, but the traditional methods of silk weaving do not exist in many villages today. The Binh scarf is named after one of the women in Team Vietnam, and her name translates to peace in English. Team Vietnam protects traditional art forms and invests in safe work environments for its employees. This scarf was made on a handloom using majority local materials and safe dyes. The thread is 40% silk, 40% linen and 20% polyester. A beautiful mixture of textures, color variations, and materials, our striped Binh scarf is one you will quickly fall in love with!