Changgih Designs is the result of two sleepless, passionate moms who dreamed of making cute crafts for their kids during nap time. That thought of mommy craft time turned into an idea of capturing pieces of the culture and blending it with present day fashion to design new pieces that celebrate the heritage of Borneo. Because Changgih was founded by two new moms, we wanted to give other moms an opportunity to support their families without having to leave their homes so we decided to produce our items in villages around the area, paying fair wages each time. Our culturally inspired collections of handbags, wallets, accessories, scarves and clothing are all made with the utmost attention to detail by artisans in villages all over Sabah. We work with our artisans to come up with styles that are beautiful and durable, also providing training to new artisans as we add to our team. These artisans aren't just people who make Changgih's products, they're our friends.
Kita jaga Kita. Malaysians understand this phrase. It loosely translates to “we take care of each other.” That’s the impetus behind Changgih’s give back program. We use 10% of our profits to impact the community around us. How does that work? Well, the first step is talking with leaders in the community to understand the needs. Then, once we are given ideas for new projects we check to see if the projects match with our guiding principles: Is it something the residents desire? Does it improve the quality of life for residents? Is it a sustainable project and can we team with the community to make it happen?
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