OPT-EIF a fruitful collaboration
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

OPT and EIF, a fruitful collaboration

The Village Weavers Project is a series of initiatives that create economic opportunities for artisans in rural locations around Laos. We decide which villages to work with in a few different ways. Sometimes, it comes through Public Private Partnerships. This is how our collaboration with the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) started three years ago. Read this interview with Ock Pop Tok’s (OPT) Co-Founder and Executive Director, Veomanee Douangdala, to learn more.

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The price has a story
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

The price has a story…

Did you ever wonder what goes into the price of an artisan made product? In the price of the products we make, in collaboration with artisans around Laos, we account for the cost of raw materials and fair wages for the artisans, but that’s not all… Can you guess what else comes into play?

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Made in Laos!
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

Made in Laos!

Did you ever stroll through a market during your travels and wonder if the product you were about to buy was really handmade in the country you were visiting? Rest assured that when buying from Ock Pop Tok, you buy a product (hand)made in Laos from start to finish. Let’s have a look at the production process of artisan products Made in Laos.

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The faces behind your handicraft
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

The faces behind your handicrafts…

Did you ever wonder who made the products you buy? Rest assured that when buying from Ock Pop Tok, you buy an artisan made product. And your purchase not only helps these artisans make a living from traditional crafts but also supports the preservation of local culture. Let’s have a look at the faces behind your handicrafts…

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Road tripping around northern Laos!
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

Road tripping around northern Laos!

Over the past two weeks, our production team has been road tripping around northern Laos. They visited 6 villages in 3 provinces and trained dozens of artisans. We have videos and tons of pictures…

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Introducing our latest zero waste collaborative collection!
Friends of OPT
Valerie Olla

Introducing our zero waste collaborative collection: Organza Jewelry!

We share the same values. We both believe in merging traditions from the east with innovation from the west. We’re master weavers. They master fine woodwork. We’ve combined our savoir-faire to bring you a wonderful collaborative collection of unique organza and wood jewelry. Let’s have a look at this partnership with Lao Belgian brand Tremani!

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Motifs: Lao textiles or the stories they tell...
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Motifs: Lao textiles or the stories they tell…

Motifs in Lao textile are deeply symbolic. In fact, many Lao people and anthropologists can determine the ethnic group and marital status of the weaver, the region and function of a piece by simply looking at the textile.

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Weaving techniques: Thread by thread!
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Weaving techniques: Thread by thread!

If you are reading our latest blog, it means that you have a keen interest in weaving, handmade textiles or anything along those lines. Right? So, would you like to learn more about the different weaving techniques used by our weavers? Follow us as we unravel the thread of weaving techniques in Laos…

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Tis’ the season: scarves, scarves, scarves!
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Tis’ the season: scarves, scarves, scarves!

As the weather gets cooler or colder, it’s time to take out your scarves – or buy new ones! Need some inspiration on what to buy? Take a look at our guide and follow Moonoy, our Retail Manager, as she shares some tips on how to wear this must-have staple…

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hmong embroidery
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Embroidery: The Hmong Way…

Textiles are an important part of Hmong culture. The Hmong people master a variety of embroidery techniques including cross-stitch, appliqué and reverse appliqué. The Hmong community uses embroidery as a way to decorate their clothes.

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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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