Ock Pop Tok, meaning “East Meets West” in Lao, is the perfect analogy for the meeting of British Jo and Laotian Veo, our two co-founders. Since the beginning, our artisan social enterprise, based in Luang Prabang, Laos, has been trying to bring two worlds together. Merging traditions from the east with innovation from the west has allowed us, since 2000, to elevate the profile of Lao textiles and contribute to its preservation. Discover Laos through textiles at our Living Crafts Centre in Luang Prabang and online.
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.
Alongside our Master Weavers and experienced teachers, learn more about the textiles and traditional crafts of Laos. Try your hand at silk weaving, natural dyeing, batik drawing and bamboo weaving and bring home a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
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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