“In the region of Hoi An, the local minority group is named "Cham". Currently, the Cham population is only 130,000.
A spectacular Cham temple complex named My Son still exists today, very near Hoi An City.
We were very lucky to see an amazing dance performance by Cham people at the My Son temples the day we visited.
This particular fabric motif in Vietnam is an ancient design. The sun (diamond shape) and the rice harvest (other symbol) are important symbols present in hand-woven textiles from this region. Many of the various 54 ethnic minority groups in Vietnam use versions of this design for traditional village ceremonies like marriage, funerals, festivals, harvest celebrations, etc.” - Aaron John
Good choice Aaron, this fabric is a winner all the way!
Here’s to staying curious pho’ever & to feeling good—because after all, it’s Friday!
-the Taaluma Team
Photos by Traveler Aaron John
The beauty of Nepal will take your breath away.
However, lack of proper waste management in Nepal is beginning to degrade some of that beauty. In many places, around 70% of waste is dumped in rivers or burned on the side of the road. This has contributed to pollution and disease in Nepal’s communities.
It is Taylor’s mission to change that.
The Middle East is known for its ancient history, vast deserts, and religious roots.
From being caught in the pyramid-dle of history in Cairo, to taking in the Israeli great views of Jerusalem, to resting on the Abu’ndant sands of Abu Dhabi.
It’s been 8 years since the idea for Taaluma Totes was born while on a life-changing trip to Uganda.
Since then, we’ve been able to fund 41 microloans for small business owners living in Uganda.
From Moses, a 24-year-old coffee farmer who used his loan to buy mulch.