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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Weaving techniques: Ikat, knot by knot
Ock Pop Tok TV
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
Ock Pop Tok TV
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
Ock Pop Tok TV
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
Ock Pop Tok TV
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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