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Daughters Rising is a human rights, non-profit organization that, educates, employs and empowers ethnic Karen women taking refuge from Burma in Thailand. Their sister company RISE is a ethnic and ethical handbag collection combining Italian leather and tribal textiles, hand made by Karen artisans in their villages.

Ethical Handbags: Empowering Women Through Weaving

Daughters Rising is a human rights, non-profit organization that, educates, employs and empowers ethnic Karen women taking refuge from Burma in Thailand. Their sister company RISE is a ethnic and ethical handbag collection combining Italian leather and tribal textiles, hand made by Karen artisans in their villages.

Jason Florio 'The Long Fight for Kawtoolie: Portraits from the Jungles of Burma' - 15 Color Portraits of Freedom Fighters and Civilians from the Karen State. @ Messineo Wyman, NYC

Jason Florio 'The Long Fight for Kawtoolie: Portraits from the Jungles of Burma' - 15 Color Portraits of Freedom Fighters and Civilians from the Karen State. @ Messineo Wyman, NYC

Pim's (another student at Jen's House) grandmother and her friend. They wear traditional Karen clothing and beads. The beads are worn because they are beautiful.  This picture was taken at Ni ki's brother's house during the string tying ceremony, which occurs every year.

Pim's (another student at Jen's House) grandmother and her friend. They wear traditional Karen clothing and beads. The beads are worn because they are beautiful. This picture was taken at Ni ki's brother's house during the string tying ceremony, which occurs every year.

Pim's (another student at Jen's House) grandmother and her friend.  They wear traditional Karen clothing and beads.  The beads are worn because they are beautiful.  This picture was taken at Ni ki's brother's house during the string tying ceremony, which occurs every year

Pim's (another student at Jen's House) grandmother and her friend. They wear traditional Karen clothing and beads. The beads are worn because they are beautiful. This picture was taken at Ni ki's brother's house during the string tying ceremony, which occurs every year

THASONGYANG, TAK , THAILAND - DEC4 : Women Karen hill tribe are showing of the natural fabrics dyeing work before sent to distributer in the city  at Thasongyang, Tak, Thailand on DECEMBER4, 2014 - stock photo

THASONGYANG, TAK , THAILAND - DEC4 : Women Karen hill tribe are showing of the natural fabrics dyeing work before sent to distributer in the city at Thasongyang, Tak, Thailand on DECEMBER4, 2014 - stock photo

A Karen hill tribe woman hand weaves a scarf at her village near Chiang Mai

A Karen hill tribe woman hand weaves a scarf at her village near Chiang Mai

The Hill Tribe Museum was created by the Population and Community Development Associationto help educate foreign and local visitors alike about the quickly disappearing hill tribe cultures of the region. While there are many artifacts of the local Yao, Karen, Lahu, Akha and Lisu tribes on display, the museum also does a fantastic job of telling the story of the tribes—and their plight. It promotes responsible and respectful tourism to the hill tribes to lessen the negative impact.

The Hill Tribe Museum was created by the Population and Community Development Associationto help educate foreign and local visitors alike about the quickly disappearing hill tribe cultures of the region. While there are many artifacts of the local Yao, Karen, Lahu, Akha and Lisu tribes on display, the museum also does a fantastic job of telling the story of the tribes—and their plight. It promotes responsible and respectful tourism to the hill tribes to lessen the negative impact.

THASONGYANG, TAK , THAILAND - DEC4 : Women Karen hill tribe are dyeing cotton with natural materials  at Tambol Maehla, Thasongyang, Tak, Thailand on DECEMBER4, 2014 - stock photo

THASONGYANG, TAK , THAILAND - DEC4 : Women Karen hill tribe are dyeing cotton with natural materials at Tambol Maehla, Thasongyang, Tak, Thailand on DECEMBER4, 2014 - stock photo