East meets West

Founded in 2000 by Englishwoman Joanna (Jo) Smith and Laotian Veomanee (Veo) Douangdala, Ock Pop Tok is an artisan social enterprise based in Luang Prabang, Laos. Over the years we have grown from a small shop selling only a few designs, to becoming one of the most important textile and artisanal institutions in all of Laos and SouthEast Asia.

We believe culture is dynamic, and as such innovation in pattern, colour and functionality is important to keep textile traditions culturally and commercially viable. Our products are made using the finest, locally sourced natural and organic raw materials.

Ock Pop Tok (meaning “East Meets West” in Lao) was founded on the principles of fair trade and sustainable business practices. The company was pioneering social business and ethical fashion before these terms were even a part of our cultural lexicon.

Created by women, run by women for the women of Laos. We started as a small team and five weavers. Now, 20 years later, we’re working toward our mission with more than 500 artisans throughout Laos.

20 years ago, Jo and Veo, Ock Pop Tok’s co-founders, embarked on a journey to northern Laos. The trip was sparked by a desire to find the maker of an exquisite textile that a trader brought to Luang Prabang to sell. This is how the Village Weavers Project was born.

Broadcast from our weaving studio on the banks of the Mekong, this is THE podcast that crisscrosses the globe talking to the pioneers in the world of folk art, the change makers in travel and tourism, and the innovators in remote communities.

From the misty mountains of northern Laos to the banks of the Mekong, follow us off the beaten track as we go meet the talented artisans we work with throughout the country. Indulge in the beautiful sights and meet wonderful people.

The Mekong Villa features five exquisite rooms with decor inspired by artisan communities and textiles handmade by artisans we work with throughout Laos; the Hmong, Katu, Tai Muang, Tai Daeng and Oma.

Food is an important part of Lao culture and is represented in many varied and eclectic cooking styles. Enjoy our “East Meets West” cuisine and amazing views over the Mekong.

Visit our two shops to experience the full range. From vintage textiles, to work from villages around the country, to high fashion pieces made using traditional techniques. You will see the difference high quality, locally sourced, handmade textiles make.

Set in lush tropical gardens and located on the banks of the Mekong, the Living Crafts Center is the perfect place to learn more about the fascinating world of Lao textiles and handicrafts. The Centre brings the concept of “East Meets West” alive.

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