From September 7th to 11th, Ock Pop Tok will be at Maison & Objet, in Paris! This time, we’ll be represented by the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI). Exporters from Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and Bangladesh will showcase their best products in the CBI pop-up exhibition in Hall 8 Unique & Eclectic stand A90 at Maison & Objet in the Parc des Expositions, in Paris, France. You can stop by for a look at our new collection.
Whether you’re looking for cushion covers to spruce up couches, rugs and throws to add some warmth to bare spaces or table runners and placemats to fancy up dinner tables, we have it all! Over and above silk wall hangings and cushion covers, for the past years, Ock Pop Tok has been developing a home decor range more suited for the modern home made from 100% handspun Lao cotton.
Merging traditions from the east — the materials, techniques and motifs — with innovation from the west — the colors and simplified designs — our 2023/2024 Home Decor collection features; rugs, cushion covers, wall art and throws.
Our vintage textiles serve as inspiration to our Design & Production team and master weavers
Even though we’re not currently exhibiting the traditional textiles we collected over the years (under our Fibre2FABRIC — F2F — Collection), the vintage textiles in this collection serve as inspiration to our Design & Production team and master weavers. Inspired by traditional textiles, Lear, our Head of Design & Production, favors innovation. She modifies traditional designs to give them a more modern look while keeping their identity (making smaller motifs bigger is an example of that).
Plus, we use traditional Lao materials (cotton and silk, among others) and traditional Lao weaving techniques.
Color also plays an important role when it comes to giving a more modern look to our collections. If last year was all about different shades of blue and yellow, the 2023-2024 collection favors shades of salmon and terracotta, paired with shades of indigo and purple. We also tend to include natural cotton in our designs, for a brighter feel.
When it comes to techniques, we mostly use the interlocking tapestry technique for our home decor collection. This technique requires the weaver to make the pattern up as she goes along. The weaver creates the motif by adding colored yarns by hand. Where sections of color meet, the pattern threads are twisted (interlocked) around each other, locking them together so they don’t come loose. This technique makes beautiful rugs, cushion covers, table runners and placemats.
But for our throws and blankets, we favor the plainweave technique. This year, we’ve decided to go for a looser weave. Woven loosely, our eco-friendly, all-natural cotton blankets are extra soft and lightweight. Perfect to keep you/your customers warm – but not too much – on cooler autumn and spring nights. A contrasting embroidery stitch on the edges completes the look!
As for cushions, we can make them using the five techniques our weavers master, namely: ikat, continuous supplementary weft weaving, discontinuous supplementary weft weaving, interlocking tapestry and plainweave.
The continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft weaving techniques also make for beautiful and intricate wall art. In 2023/2024, we’ve decided to keep the designs simple. Our master weavers have taken these traditional designs usually seen on Lao sinhs — traditional tube skirts — and woven them in much larger proportions creating striking bold designs in different color schemes. Perfect for the bedroom, living room, dining room or really just any room…
If you can’t make it to Paris or you can’t wait and want to see a glimpse of what’s coming, explore our profile on MOM’s (Maison & Objet and More) website. Or email us to receive our 2023/24 Home Decor catalog.
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