Toys & Dolls Made in Laos
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

Plastic-Free Toys & Dolls Made in Laos!

They’re mostly made of fabric scraps. They are plastic-free. They are colourful and playful. They’re affordable. Our toys and dolls — made in Laos — are the perfect gift for a baby or young toddler. Icing on the cake? They’re gifts that give back as they generate income for remote Akha and Tai Lue artisans!

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Upcycling or the second life of Lao textiles
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Upcycling or giving a second life to Lao textiles

If you’ve been following us for some time, you know that we oversee all production steps — in our studio but also in the different villages we work with — to guarantee the highest quality products using environment-friendly techniques. But did you know that we also value waste minimisation? How, you ask? Upcycling!

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Weaving techniques: Ikat, knot by knot
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Valerie Olla

Weaving techniques: Ikat, knot by knot

Phou Tai communities in southern Laos are skilled cotton farmers and master Ikat weavers. Although Ikat can be done in many ways, in Laos we use the resist dye technique. Follow the thread as we look into the intricacies of this amazing weaving technique.

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A day in the life of... Paa Vanhthong, Ban Nayang
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Valerie Olla

A day in the life of… Paa Vanhthong

This is the story of Paa Vanhthong. A story that thousands of weavers in Laos share. In Ban Nayang Tai, three hours north of Luang Prabang, Paa Vanhthong’s busy days run into each other. From dawn to dusk.

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Village Weavers Project: The Origin Story
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Valerie Olla

Village Weavers Project: Laos off the beaten track

Ever wondered what it is like, travelling off the beaten track in Laos looking for the most beautiful textiles? Our Village Weavers Project often takes us to isolated villages. Tag along as we travel from Luang Prabang to Bam Puim in the Houaphan Province.

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Naga Kingdom
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Valerie Olla

Naga Kingdom

When you walk around Luang Prabang, exploring temples, seeing the local architecture and traditional clothing, you have probably seen many serpent or snake-like motifs. This is the Naga, and the Naga is everywhere. It is one of the most important motifs in Lao textiles.

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Village Market Fair
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Valerie Olla

A Village Market Fair
From the mountains… to the town

From the mountains of Laos to the town of Luang Prabang, the Village Market Fair we hosted a couple of weeks ago was a success! If we may say so ourselves… The artisans from our Village Weavers Project had a great time, we had a great time and we hope all those who stopped by had a great time! And for those who couldn’t make it (for obvious reasons), we hope our videos and pictures made you travel to Laos for a weekend…

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Wild Fabrics: Siho & Elephants
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Valerie Olla

Wild Fabrics: Siho & Elephants

Lao textiles are rich in symbols and motifs. Some motifs represent animals borrowed from legends and stories. One famous character in Lao textiles is the siho, which is part lion and part elephant. Follow us into the jungle of MandaLao Elephant Conservation and learn more about elephants in real life and textiles.

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Shop Talk: Rice & Loom
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Valerie Olla

Rice & Loom!

Through our textiles, we keep the stories and traditions of Lao culture alive. Rice, particularly khao niao, is part and parcel of Lao culture and holds a special place in our textiles. Follow us in the rice paddies of Luang Prabang for the story of rice.

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Weave Your Way Through Sinh City
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Valerie Olla

Weave Your Way Through Sinh City!

Follow us in the streets of Luang Prabang, and weave your way through Sinh City, to learn more about the Lao sinh, the traditional Lao skirt. More than an outfit, the sinh is a symbol of culture and a marker of ethnicity.

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Ikat weaving technique
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Follow the Thread:
Ikat weaving technique!

Did you ever wonder how weavers obtain these beautiful contrasting patterns, all with what seems to be a continuous thread? They use the Ikat weaving technique! And it is indeed one continuous thread…

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