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Spotlight on Lao Artisans!
Friends of OPT
Valerie Olla

Lao Artisans in the Spotlight!

During our annual Village Market Fair a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to collaborate with photographers Nicolas Henry and Floriane de Lassée to put some of the Lao artisans we work with – through our Village Weavers Project – in the spotlight. A beautiful opportunity for us to highlight these artisans, their ethnic groups and their crafts.

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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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Follow us to Ban Xang Khong, the Paper Village
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Valerie Olla

Let’s visit Ban Xang Khong, the Paper Village

Until a couple of months ago, where the green waters of the Namkhan river meet the earth tone waters of the Mekong river, you could cross the bamboo bridge to Ban Xang Khong, known as the Paper Village. There, along the road of this quaint village, you would see sheets and sheets of handmade paper drying in the sun. Follow us for a stroll through this village where paper is the material of choice.

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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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Friends of OPT
Veo & Jo

Faces of OPT: Mrs Bang

Mrs Bang, 33 years old, was one of the visiting weavers. Her 13-year-old daughter (she has two) is learning to weave as well.

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