Posted by The Dharma Door USA in History, Travels on March 28, 2014


Vietnam 2003

It was an early morning bus ride, pulling away from the cool ocean breezes of Mui Ne heading inland where the air was thick and still.  Two young couples, one American, the other Australian, all sleepy, hot and quite possibly nursing hangovers, struck up a conversation.  Punctuated with the non-stop horn honking customary in some countries, they chatted throughout the journey.  Arriving in the cool mountain air of Dalat, they said their good-byes and wished each other well.  Little did they know that this was the beginning of many great things.  Meeting again by chance several times throughout their journey, a friendship formed, one that has spanned distance and withstood time.

Fast-forward a decade later and the friendship grows to include a business venture.  Bringing the gorgeous & wildly successful brand of Fair Trade goods, The Dharma Door, from Australia to the North American marketplace.  Filled with original designs, gorgeous textures and incredible artistry, our hand-made products tell a story with every stitch and fiber.  We are so proud to be bringing the highest quality Fair Trade homewares to an audience that values contemporary design.

You just never know where an early morning bus ride may take you.


William & Katie



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