Arasia has put in place an ethical approach with most of its suppliers in Asia.
We are concerned about the manufacturing conditions, and the comfort of workers. We made a point to visit the workshops to find out where our products come from.
The Thai pants and Thai skirts, for instance, are ordered from a very nice Thai couple, Bank and Tete.
They have a small ready-to wear business that make, sells and export traditional Thai clothes.
Here is Bank, my main contact with whom I communicate regularly and who has become a friend. He runs several small shops on the side of Hua Hin a seaside resort (200 km south of Bangkok).
The large packages next to him contain Thai pants and skirts ordered by Arasia.
The following picture was taken in a small village near Chiang Mai (northern Thailand), at the depot where Bank regroups all its orders after the clothes are made. From left to right: Cindy the founder of Arasia-Shop, Tété the wife of Bank and Som the cousin of Tété. Both women manage the orders and the administrative part of the business.
Thai pants and skirts are made in a small village near Chiang Mai by local seamstresses. When a large order is placed, most of the women in the village are asked to give a helping hand and help to carry out the order as soon as possible.
This councious partnership with Arasia ensures a comfortable and regular income for its suppliers and contributes to the improvement of their standard of living.
A relationship of trust has been established and Arasia can thus place orders from France and does not need to travel all the way to order.
Once the items are ready, they are grouped together with other orders and sent by boat to France (by containers). This means of transport takes more time, but is much less polluting than the airplane.
Here is a picture of the team managing logistics and exporting in Thailand, with Cindy the manager of Arasia on the right.
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