Burma

Burma

Added over 9 years ago

In 2004 we made our first ever trip directly into Burma.  It was quite the experience, one we would defintely recommend to others...

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Nepal

Nepal

Added over 9 years ago

Nepal is where we do a lot of our buying, but every so often we take some time out for fun...

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Afghanistan and Pakistan

Afghanistan and Pakistan

Added over 9 years ago

Bernie still makes the treck to the Afghan border region from North West Frontier Pakistan, a wild and dangerous part of the world...

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Thailand

Thailand

Added over 9 years ago

Our favourite place in the whole world...apart from home of course

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Vietnam

Vietnam

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Home of many of the tribal groups we buy from...

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India

India

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A vast land of rich and contrasting images...

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Philippines

Philippines

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Our trip through the highlands of the north...

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Cambodia

Cambodia

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Our visit to Siem Riep and Angkor Wat

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Egypt

Egypt

Added over 9 years ago

Home of the ancients...

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Morocco

Morocco

Added over 9 years ago

Not the easiest place to travel in, but worth it in the end...

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Kenya

Kenya

Added over 9 years ago

Out of Africa...

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Added over 9 years ago

A magical place full of fascinating people, amazing landscapes and bedbugs

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Tibet

Tibet

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Russia

Russia

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Women in East Timor and the Work of the Womens Woven Art Group

Women in East Timor and the Work of the Womens Woven Art Group

Added over 9 years ago

It has been said "Trade beats aid when it comes to helping the poor" (Sydney Morning Herald, Sept 2007). Traditional aid to countries such as East Timor can help, but it can also reach a point of diminishing return and eventually inhibit independent and sustainable economic growth. Groups such as the Women's Woven Art Group (WWA) are attempting to address these issues by managing ignorance, despair, poverty and aid-dependence at a grass-roots level. Created by Tricia Johns approximately four years ago, the WWA works with 120 East Timorese women weavers, seamstresses and paper makers to produce attractive and saleable products based on the country's traditional hand-woven cloth, "tais". While Tricia directs the group from within East Timor, Alix Mandelson in Sydney acts as one of the contact points within Australia to receive and distribute their products.

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