Red Dao Traditional Vietnamese Embroidered Pouch

A fair-trade zip pouch for small items handmade by Vietnamese artisans


Why We Love This

This wallet purse is a swatch of textile with bold color and rich surface quality. This simple item becomes a functional article of art. The zip closure keeps items secure, making it a practical pouch for carrying crystals or as an everyday wallet.


Embroidery remains a significant craft in many Vietnamese villages and this wallet is an example of this tradition. Meticulous pattern, stitched in rich tones, is sewn from the reverse side of the cotton. The craft of hand-embellished ancient design is passed down to younger generations by Ly Ta May, an expert embroiderer and community leader. The sale of this item helps maintain sustainability by providing income while preserving cultural traditions.

About the Maker

Red Dao, named for the indigenous people of northern Vietnam, is an enterprise founded by Ly Ta May, a textile artisan and community leader. Based in the mountain village of Taphin, she works to bring her village’s goods to an international audience by selling at local markets as well as the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Red Dao channels her passion to help her community thrive and maintain its distinct culture. The business practices of Red Dao support her family as well as the women in her village.

Additional information

Weight 16 oz

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