I'd like to share a little bit about my story. I'm Sang Pham and I am a Vietnamese who moved to Salzburg, Austria 5 years ago. Before that, I was working for 5 years in customer service at restaurants, hotels and travel agencies in Sai Gon, Vietnam.
There, I had a great chance to meet tourists from many different countries. I especially love to interact with people - and together, we exchange thoughts about culture, travelling and of course the heritage of my country.
After a while living in Austria, I have realized that there are so many excellent traditional or modern handmade products with natural materials, recycled or upcycled.
And as a big fan of handmade stuff, I think the products made in Vietnam deserve to be introduced to more markets all over the world. And what I can do now, is to contribute a little bit to this project by bringing them at least to Salzburg where i am living.
With the hope my country's products will be recognized more in other cities of Austria or other European countries.
My concept is searching for highly skilled small and medium workshops all over Vietnam. They could be traditional ones from the farmers or modern style from the young generation.
The thing they all have in common is, they craft beautiful things by hand. We make a strong statement though: We say 'NO' to cheap labour in Asia, making a fair trade for all sides with high quality products as a result.
The artists/producers are free to be creative with their minds and hands. I am proud to be the co-founder of Avanova (our importing company) and to be the first Vietnamese in Austria to import handmade quality products from her own homeland.
So ... this is the origin of our "From Hand to Heart" philosophy.
P/s: Silk Scarf from Ong Silk.
|Handmade micro macramé jewellery and shimmering insects|
Let me introduce Yen with her wonderful micro macramé jewellery and her shimmering insects, made in bead embroidery technique.
|From Hand to Heart: Thao Nguyen|
We would like to introduce our partners on our journey. Let us start with Thảo Nguyên and her wonderful hand embroidered accessories.
|From Hand to Heart|
It is about time to introduce ourselves as people, not just the business we represent. Let us start with Sang, a lover of homemade tea and coffee specialities and, as this page points out, handmade products.
|Colourful Lantern Market|
There we went to the colourful lantern market in Saigon's Chinatown, District 5. The lantern festival is one of the most colourful festivals in East Asia.
Tue - Thu 09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ... Fri, Sat 9:30 AM - 07:00 PM ... Sun, Mon closed
There is tea at the tea house! Here, our rather exclusive tea menu.
Usually we have one or two homemade chakes available, to enjoy with your tea or coffee.