Manava

“Artisan craft helps us reignite that connection through the stories of where they’ve come from and how they’re made. This is what I want to share with the world through Manava.“

About Manava

Manava was founded in 2016 and is a social enterprise created to support rural Cambodian artisanal women for a stable and sustainable future. The founder is Ka-Lai Chan, a Dutch designer with Asian roots who has worked for 10+ years with renowned international design brands. Co-founder Baraing Tho is a local Khmer man who has an impressive background working with several creative NGO’s within Cambodia.
Ka-Lai and Baraing are currently working closely with 24 female artisans, all of whom are living in Krobey Riel village located just 10 km outside of Siem Reap. These artisan women develop high quality rattan products such as baskets, bags, lamps, and soon small furniture. This unique weaving style is exclusive to the village and maintained in order to preserve an important part of Cambodia’s legacy. Ka-Lai utilizes her professional and educational design background to mentor these artisan women to empower their creativity and knowledge, thus sharing this ancient craft by adapting it to the demands of the modern market.

Since the female artisans joined Manava, the income contribution to their families has increased significantly by 100%. Furthermore, Manava empowers the creativity of the artisans by offering high quality level training and promoting personal development. The social enterprise is conducting a life skill program in partnership with a Women’s Resource Center NGO, which is including trainings such as financial management, family planning, healthcare, domestic violence, positive parenting, women’s rights and English.
Manava works with a rattan palm material called "pdau" and willow grass called "la paek". This palm and grass are fast growing and found throughout Cambodia. Because Manava believes in sustainable harvests, the brand carefully limits what is reaped in order to provide for continued future growth.

Manava is aiming at providing full time employment to all 24 female artisans from the Krobey Riel village in Siem Reap.

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With every purchase of a handmade rattan project by Manava you not only support the growth of the brand but WLP also directly contributes its profits to providing income management and family planning programmes to the communities of the weavers from Siem Riep, Cambodia.

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Chakachan basket Manava Basket - White Label Project
Chakachan basket Manava Basket - White Label Project
Chakachan basket Manava Basket - White Label Project
Chakachan basket Manava Basket - White Label Project
Chakachan basket Manava Basket - White Label Project
Chakachan basket Manava Basket - White Label Project

Chakachan basket

115.00 EUR
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Ayata Tray Manava Tray - White Label Project
Ayata Tray Manava Tray - White Label Project
Ayata Tray Manava Tray - White Label Project
Ayata Tray Manava Tray - White Label Project
Ayata Tray Manava Tray - White Label Project

Ayata Tray

95.00 EUR
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Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project
Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project
Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project
Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project
Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project
Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project

Zarava platter

45.00 EUR
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Ayata Tray Manava Tray - White Label Project
Ayata Tray Manava Tray - White Label Project
Ayata Tray Manava Tray - White Label Project
Ayata Tray Manava Tray - White Label Project

Ayata Tray

95.00 EUR
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Anuna bucket Manava Bag - White Label Project
Anuna bucket Manava Bag - White Label Project
Anuna bucket Manava Bag - White Label Project
Anuna bucket Manava Bag - White Label Project
Anuna bucket Manava Bag - White Label Project
Anuna bucket Manava Bag - White Label Project

Anuna bucket

105.00 EUR
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Phala bowl Manava Platter - White Label Project
Phala bowl Manava Platter - White Label Project
Phala bowl Manava Platter - White Label Project
Phala bowl Manava Platter - White Label Project
Phala bowl Manava Platter - White Label Project

Phala bowl

40.00 EUR
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Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project
Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project
Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project
Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project
Zarava platter Manava Platter - White Label Project

Zarava platter

45.00 EUR
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