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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Eco-fashion
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Radio Ock Pop Tok

Thao Vu & Kilomet 109: Designing eco-fashion in Hanoi

Founder of eco-fashion house Kilomet 109, Thao Vu is a pioneering designer who has helped transform Hanoi into a creative hub. Thao describes what it means to be an ‘eco-entrepreneur’ and how her collaborations with Nung An, Tai and Khmer communities inspire and fuel her “seed to fiber” collections.

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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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xtant
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Radio Ock Pop Tok

XTANT: In Mallorca, A New Heritage & Luxury Folk Art Market

Artisan advocate and fashion designer Kavita Parmar wants you to know that “heritage is the new luxury.” In collaboration with Marcella Echavarria, she’s curating a folk art market called XTANT in Mallorca. Presented as part market, part hands-on workshops, part art installation and celebration, Kavitat tells us how XTANT will bridge heritage and luxury.

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afghan jewellery
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Radio Ock Pop Tok

Ramzia Khorami and Maryam Omar: Afghan Jewellery & Design

Meet Ramzia Khorami and Maryam Omar, two vanguards bringing Afghan jewellery and Silk Road-era crafts to the contemporary global marketplace. Ramzia handcrafts Afghan jewellery using traditional techniques. Maryam manages Turquoise Mountain’s Design Center (listen to the previous episode featuring the organization). This is a rare opportunity to hear about the country’s burgeoning crafts and design sector directly from Afghan women.

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Craft business
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Radio Ock Pop Tok

Shoshana Stewart: Pioneering Craft Business in Kabul

According to Shoshana Stewart, CEO of Turquoise Mountain, the cornerstones of sustainable craft business are energy, beauty and pride—terms not often emphasised in development work. In this episode we go to Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, taking ‘roads less travelled’ to see how Turquoise Mountain harnesses master artisan skills and launches a new generation of craft business.

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Tibetan Plateau
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Radio Ock Pop Tok

Norlha: Yaks, Nomads & the Tibetan Plateau

In Ritoma, a small village in the breathtaking grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau, we meet Kim and Dechen Yeshi. The mother-daughter duo began an ambitious project that brings together a rare fiber called yak khullu, an uncompromising aesthetic and a commitment to uphold the ancestral nomadic traditions of the Tibetan Plateau. You’ll hear how Kim and Dechen started Norlha, a social enterprise and weaving atelier where local nomads weave textiles using yak khullu, or yak wool that is on par with cashmere.

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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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