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Phontong Handicrafts was founded by internally displaced peoples from Northern Laos who were in desperate need of work. One of the refugees, Kommaly Chantavong invited ten women to meet at her house. Together, they formed a cooperative to utilize their traditional weaving skills. Through the years, the group has expanded and now connects over 450 people in 35 villages. Basket weavers and woodcarvers are included in their ever-growing group of artisans.