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How about a tour of our Living Crafts Centre?
Living Crafts Centre
Valerie Olla

How about a tour of our Living Crafts Centre?

If you’ve been following our journey for a while now, you know that nothing is static at Ock Pop Tok. Repeat visitors at our Living Crafts Centre are surprised by the changes (we like to think they’re improvements) visit after visit as we strive to always enhance our visitors’ discovery of Laos through textiles. Follow us for a tour of our updated (and upgraded) Living Crafts Centre experience!

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How is Khmu New Year Celebrated?
News & Events
Valerie Olla

How is Khmu New Year Celebrated?

In Laos, the different ethnic groups don’t all celebrate the new year at the same time. If Lao New Year is generally celebrated in April, the Khmu community celebrates the new year between December and January. We happily joined the celebrations in Ban Lak Pad a couple of weeks ago! Sum Mai Lur Pi Ham Me (Happy New Year in Khmu)!

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10 Things to Buy at Talad Phosy!
News & Events
Valerie Olla

10 Things to Buy at Talad Phosy!

Ock Pop Tok’s Living Crafts Centre is located opposite Talad Phosy, one of the biggest markets in Luang Prabang. However, navigating this maze of good deals can be a tad overwhelming… Don’t you worry, we’ve got your back! Follow our Retail Manager, Moonoy, while she shops her 10 favorite things in Talad Phosy!

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And there was light...
News & Events
Valerie Olla

And there was light…

The Festival of Lights, also known as “Boun Lai Heua Fai”, is a significant and colorful celebration in Laos. The importance of illuminations during this festival is multifaceted and deeply rooted in both religious and cultural significance. So much so that we thought it would be interesting to shed light on it…

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The Legend of Sam Neua
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

The Legend of Sam Neua!

We couldn’t think of a better double entendre than “The Legend of Sam Neua” to talk about Mrs. Phan Phoumaneevong, known as Mae Thao Linthong. The woman is a legend and she weaves… legends and stories using her unique skills. And when we say unique here, we mean it in a literal way, she’s the only one in Laos weaving these designs. Let’s learn more about this legend!

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Let’s celebrate Boun Suang Heua, the Boat Racing Festival
News & Events
Valerie Olla

Let’s celebrate Boun Suang Heua,
the Boat Racing Festival

Boun Suang Heua or the Boat Racing Festival, usually happens between August and September in Luang Prabang. This year, we followed the Phanluang team in their preparations for what is one of the most important and popular festivals in Luang Prabang, attracting visitors from all over the country.

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Maison & Objet: Paris, here we come again!
News & Events
Valerie Olla

Maison & Objet: Paris, here we come again!

From September 7th to 11th, we’ll be at the Maison & Objet trade show, in Paris! We will be showcasing our 2023/24 Home Decor Collection. Read on to learn more about how our home decor items have evolved over time and how this collection came to life…

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Don't Yuck my Yum
News & Events
Valerie Olla

Don’t Yuck my Yum!

On this balmy morning – bear in mind that it’s still 6 a.m. and the temperature is going to go way up later on during the day – we’re following Moonoy, our Retail Manager, through the morning market. A short stroll to get you acquainted with food that you might not be familiar with depending on where you live… A little introduction so you “don’t yuck (my) yum!” on your (next) visit to Laos!

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Tailor-Made Artisan Tours Available Soon
Friends of OPT
Valerie Olla

Tailor-Made Artisan Tours Available Soon

If you’ve visited our Living Crafts Centre on the banks of the Mekong, you know it’s a wonderful place to learn about Lao textiles and handicrafts. But Luang Prabang (city AND district) has so much more to offer… This is why Tailor-Made Artisan Tours will be available soon!

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Let’s visit Ban Chan, the Pottery Village!
Friends of OPT
Valerie Olla

Follow us to Ban Chan, the Pottery Village!

Did you know that the villages around Luang Prabang each have their very own speciality? If you read our previous blogs, it’s safe to say that you traveled with us to the Bamboo Village and the Paper Village already. Well, this month, we’re taking you to Ban Chan, the Pottery Village. You have to cross the Mekong to get to Ban Chan. Follow us for a stroll through this village where clay is the material of choice.

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The Materials of Laos
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

The Materials of Laos!

We only work with the finest raw materials and oversee all production steps to guarantee the highest quality products using environmentally friendly techniques. High quality raw material is a must for high quality end products. In Laos, the artisans work mainly with silk, cotton, hemp and piet.

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Sabaidee Pi Mai Lao!
News & Events
Valerie Olla

Sabaidee Pi Mai Lao! Happy New Year!

Sabaidee Pi Mai Lao! Happy New Year! Lao New Year is celebrated annually in mid-April and is known as “Pi Mai” in Lao. In Luang Prabang, the celebration usually lasts for three days, starting on April 14th and ending on April 16th. This year, it was the first full-fledged celebration since borders had closed in March 2020. So you can bet the town went all out!

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