LifeInterwoven

Ethical and Eco Friendly Products | Fair Trade Gifts

Albury, New South Wales
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About LifeInterwoven

Sales 700
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Life Interwoven's Inspiration

Before migrating to Australia, Suwanna Hardwick, a Thai native, worked with refugees living on the border of Thailand and Myanmar. In the 1980s large numbers of people arrived in Thailand, fleeing the civil conflict between ethnic groups and the military government in Burma. Being stateless, these people had little access to support systems, including healthcare and education.

Suwanna worked tirelessly for over ten years in homes for disadvantaged children, helping in any way she could. She sought out donations of money or materials from companies in Thailand, recruited friends and used her own income to help the children. She also assisted refugees in locating Thai relatives which meant they could apply for Thai citizenship allowing them to leave the refugee camps and build lives for themselves.

“There are so many social problems in Asia caused by poverty and lack of opportunities, especially child trafficking and sex industry exploitation which has mushroomed over my lifetime,” tells Suwanna. “Education is fundamental in helping someone build up their life and give meaningful opportunities.”

After moving to Australia, Suwanna and her Australian husband, David, continued fund raising for the children’s homes and schools. The funds were used to purchase play equipment, used toys, books and school supplies and in particular bicycles, which enabled children to attend schools which were often some distance away.

Inspired by the book, “Social Business” by Mohammud Yunus, and other social enterprises she had come into contact with while living in Australia, Suwanna decided to take the next step in generating funds in a more regular and sustainable way. Believing that a trading business set up to help people in positive ways would have a more lasting effect than direct donations, Suwanna, her husband and several like-minded friends who were keen to assist with funding the start-up social enterprise started – Life Interwoven in 2014.

Donating 10% of its sales to fighting disadvantage and poverty in South East Asia, Life Interwoven helps to conserve traditional and sustainable textile and handicrafts by working with villagers, artisans and small entrepreneurs.

Shop members

  • Suwanna Hardwick

    Owner, Designer, Product Developer

    We work with artisans in Thailand to create a range of unique gifts and products. Our homewares, lifestyle and textile products are hand-made and from natural fibres.

  • David Hardwick

    Photographer, Owner

    David helps Suwanna with photography, book-keeping, consulting and any that Suwanna can't do.

Production partners

  • Beryl Hartshorn

    Albury, NSW

    Beryl is a veteran seamstress and sewing teacher in her local community. She loves making high quality sewing items so her bear is hand sewn with silk thread. She taught community to make bear for over 10 years and start making memory bears in 2017. She started teaching the refugees sewing in 2021.

  • Congolese refugees

    Albury, NSW

    They migrated to Albury 2-3 years ago and came to know Beryl through the sewing project. They learn sewing at a local community center on Sundays and practicing straight lines. They love to make and repair their own dresses and handbags. It is their goals!!!

  • Idabagussusila

    Bali, Indonesia

    Idabagussusila is a talented wooden artist who has been working with wood for more than a decade. He works with recycled materials found on Bali islands. His business was badly affected by the closure international border becuase of COVID.

  • Kao Kunurat

    Thailand

    Kao is a talented young artist and ceramist living in the north east of Thailand. He graduated in bachelor of Arts and loves to work with clay, creating art forms in pottery. In his spare time he loves camping and helping his alumni to do social services.

  • Oong Dong Artisans

    Thailand

    Oong Dong Artisans, Thailand has around 80 members who jointly market their products. They plant their own cotton and the plants used for dyes. Since each member grows their own cotton or plants they don’t use herbicides or insecticides. They use traditional weaving process.

  • Taidam Ethnic Group

    Loei, Thailand

    Started in 1987 by two sisters from the ethnic Taidam community who used to weave cloth for personal use. They then developed their skills to produce quality woven products and have developed a community enterprise. They have won many medals from the Queen of Thailand for their quality of weaving.

  • Tao Luang Studio

    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Taoluang Studio is a small family business making hand-made ceramic homewares. Working with nature by using natural raw materials, they blend these into beautiful, high quality ceramics pieces.

  • Women's Seamstress group

    Lampang, Thailand

    Archan Buangao KhaenKhang (Archan means teacher in Thai) has a passion for crafts especially sewing. She works with the Thai government to train young women in villages to get sewing skills so they are able to work from home. She and her students formed a Women’s group and together.

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Last updated on 11 May, 2022
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Care instructions

Scarves, Bags, Placemats
These products are washable in a washing machine on gentle cycle. They prefer dry flat and inside out in a shade to preserve colour.

Ceramics, Stainless Steel products
These products are washable in a dish washer.