baskets of cambodia
Baskets of Cambodia was started in 1996 by Tom Yesberger and quickly became the first major overseas exporter of baskets in Cambodia. Throughout the1997 coup and change of power, Baskets of Cambodia not only operated but also expanded to it's current level, employing over four hundred artisans throughout the country.
Instead of putting undue pressure on prices and seeing quality suffer, the company decided to use fair trade practices when fair trade was not commonly known or practiced. Their progressive business model provides a healthcare safety net program, yearly dividends, and schooling options in varying degrees depending on the level of participation of their artisans. All these aspects contribute to a quality product that reflects the satisfaction and the growing esteem of talented artisans. The designs reflect a modern sensibility, and the weaving is tight and strong.