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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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Let’s Make Upcycled Earrings with Moonoy!
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Make Upcycled Earrings with Moonoy!

If you’ve visited one of our brick and mortar shops in Luang Prabang, you most probably had the chance to meet Moonoy, our Retail Manager. Moonoy being super creative, nothing goes to waste with her. So, today’s your lucky day; Moonoy will share with you her DIY secrets to make a pair of upcycled earrings.

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The Love Gift, a labor of love
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

The Love Gift, a labor of love

Small and easy to pack, the Love Gift, is one of our bestsellers. This silk textile is the work of master weavers and conveys the hopes and dreams of the weaver. With a name so fitting, we had to talk about the Love Gift during the month of love…

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Hidden food gems of Luang Prabang
News & Events
Valerie Olla

Hidden Food Gems of Luang Prabang

A couple of months ago, we introduced a new series, “Hidden Food Gems of Luang Prabang” on our social media channels. Every 3 weeks we follow one of our team members to their favorite local food spot in town. You know, the ones you’ll never read about online but all the locals rave about…

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A stroll in Ban Donkeo, the Bamboo Village
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Valerie Olla

A Stroll in Ban Donkeo, the Bamboo Village

If you’re lucky enough to visit Luang Prabang, you’ll hear about (and probably visit) the Weavers Village, the Paper Village, the Pottery Village and even the Whisky Village. But a bit further out of town, on the banks of the Namkhan lies a village that less travelers venture to, Ban Donkeo, known as the Bamboo Village.

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Happy Hmong New Year!
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Valerie Olla

Let’s Celebrate Hmong New Year!

After Khmu New Year, it’s now time to celebrate Hmong New Year. As mentioned previously, in Laos the different ethnic groups don’t all celebrate the new year at the same time. If Lao New Year is celebrated in April, the Hmong community celebrates the new year between December and January. We joined the celebrations in Ban Vang Ngern last week! Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab (Happy New Year in Hmong)!

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Happy Khmu New Year!
News & Events
Valerie Olla

Happy Khmu New Year!

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 last week! Sum Mai Lur Pi Ham Me (Happy New Year in Khmu)!

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Boun Lai Heua Fai: When Luang Prabang lights up…
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Valerie Olla

Boun Lai Heua Fai: When Luang Prabang lights up…

Some say it’s the most magical time of the year here in Luang Prabang. Thousands come together to watch Luang Prabang light up. Lanterns bring light and life to the city, the temples and the people. Boun Lai Heua Fai, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an event not to be missed if you’re around in October!

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Ock Pop Tok in Paris for Maison & Objet
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Valerie Olla

Ock Pop Tok in Paris for Maison & Objet!

From September 8th to 12th, Ock Pop Tok was at the Maison & Objet trade show in Paris! It was our first in person participation during which we showcased our 2022/23 Home Decor Collection. Read on to learn more about our Parisian experience…

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Wanna play designer?
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Valerie Olla

Wanna play designer?

A couple of months ago, we mentioned that we were working on an exciting project involving… you! Wanna play designer? It is your time to shine! You can now design your very own bath mat! It’s basically a smaller version of our popular tapestry rug. Follow along for more details on this exciting take on the DIY concept!

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How about a customized class?
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Valerie Olla

How about a customized class?

If you visit our “Classes” section on our website, you will find all the classes available at our Living Crafts Centre in Luang Prabang as well as our online options. But did you know that we can also create customized classes for you? Barbara Schaefer reached out and just completed her customized five-day ikat class! Read more about her experience.

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

Maison & Objet: Paris, here we come!

From September 8th to 12th, we’ll be at the Maison & Objet trade show, in Paris! It will be our first in person participation. We will be showcasing our 2022/23 Home Decor Collection. Read on to learn more about how our home decor items have evolved over time…

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