We work very closely with three fair trade organisations in the country, each one best placed to identify the most marginalised communities in their area and provide training in handicraft production. Maison Bengal works with each group separately to utilise their locally grown natural materials and develop their renowned traditional skills. This combined with our contemporary designs has allowed us to produce a comprehensive range of handwoven products. This process has taken many years of commitment and is a rewarding and constant work in progress.
Maison Bengal now works with over five thousand women throughout Bangladesh, happily able to work in their home environment enabling them to care for as well as financially support their families.
Here are some of the human stories we are proud of. We thank all our customers for helping to make them happen.
22nd February – 7th March 2021 During this period, Maison Bengal will donate £10 from every SRMB bag purchased through our website, back to the artisans in Bangladesh who make them, to support Fairtrade Fortnight 2021. Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual campaign aimed to celebrate and raise awareness of all the producers and workers who live in various developing…
We were absolutely delighted when Gautam at SMR Days approached us last year with ideas for a collaboration. The Marlo bag and the Buddy bag were inspired by the travels of the SMR founders, recalling the warm and inviting tones of sun, sea and sand around the world. They are wonderfully stylish, versatile and relaxed, and available exclusively…
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Maison Bengal Ltd was set up in 2004 after its Director Sheenagh Day returned from living in Dhaka in Bangladesh.
After a number of years spent working in the aid industry, Sheenagh was constantly impressed by the traditional artisanal skills of weaving and basket making she came across in the poorest areas of Bangladesh. In direct response, she decided to create a fairtrade company on her return to the UK, thereby providing a market for some of these very marginalised communities. Using only locally grown natural materials such as jute and hogla (local sea-grass) she started to develop design ideas and over a period of time, with close collaboration from her local fair trade partner organisations, Maison Bengal now has a comprehensive range of products for sale.
The brand has a loyal following and an established retail clientele worldwide. The products are made with love and are joyful as well as practical and durable.
Maison Bengal is delighted to welcome you to its new online shop.