NAPAFAI is a small social enterprise specialized in fair trade organic cotton and working with women in village groups along the Mekong river and the Thai-Lao border .
It started in 2009 with the support of the Pattanarak Foundation, a thaï NGO, and under the organic cotton project .
I visited the group of cotton situated in small villages along the Mekong in the district of Ubon in Isaan region. Aew, the founder of Napafai, introduced me to the cotton growers, spinners, dyers and weavers she had long relationships with .
I enjoyed very much learning about the cotton processing, but also visiting the organic cotton fields along the Mekong. Heritage varieties of cotton can thrive without chemical inputs . The cotton is planted on the banks of the Mekong after the highest flow recedes and is harvested before the next season’s rains .
I had the chance to see and to participate to the cotton harvesting with the group of cotton members .
Here you watch the video I made with Aew about Napafai and the group of cotton :