Meet Mook V: Textile Innovator
Radio Ock Pop Tok
Radio Ock Pop Tok

Meet MookV, Textile Innovator

Weaver, designer, textile innovator Ploenchanh “Mook” Vinyaratn uses traditional handlooms and needlework to create modern, multi-dimensional textiles for handbags under her label MookV. She shares her process, the challenges in the marketplace and her relentless passion and optimism for artisan textiles.

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Blessings in the time of Covid
News & Events
Veo & Jo

Blessings in the time of Covid

Six months into the pandemic and closed borders, we’ve had some time to reflect. If you are interested in reading our thoughts on how we’ve tried to find blessings in this Covid time, read on. We’d love to hear what you’ve been up to too, so please reach out and share your experiences and thoughts.

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Ikat weaving technique
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Follow the Thread:
Ikat weaving technique!

Did you ever wonder how weavers obtain these beautiful contrasting patterns, all with what seems to be a continuous thread? They use the Ikat weaving technique! And it is indeed one continuous thread…

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Hmong Batik techniques
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Hmong Batik Techniques & Stories

If like us, you are fascinated by the deep shades of indigo and striking white designs of Hmong Batik, follow our resident Batik Teacher, Mae Zuzong, and learn more about Hmong Batik techniques…

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Guest
Madison

Creative Women at OPT

Are you curious about the relationship between culture and creativity? Join us and learn more about what our staff has to say on the subject…

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Living Crafts Centre
Madison

Laos Colours of Life

Over the last 30 years, due to the availability of cheap synthetic dyes, many weavers have opted for the quicker process of chemical dyes. Now, however, due to a few factors, there is a revival of natural dyeing in Laos.

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Guest
Guest

Ikat weaving in Laos

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to try my hand at weaving. Having watched weavers at their looms many times, the process always seems shrouded in mystery, and also rather magical!

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Living Crafts Centre
Rachna Sachasinh

Our Shops Get a Makeover

This summer, we did some spring cleaning! Creative design, up-cycling materials. new signage, plus healthy teamwork resulted in fresh, open spaces that make our textiles look even better!

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News & Events
Rachna Sachasinh

Walk the Talk:
Sustainable Solutions

We talk about being sustainable, but are we “walking the talk”? Being eco-friendly means buckling down, asking the right questions, making good decisions, implementing sustainable solutions and sticking to them.. even when it’s difficult.

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OPT Partners
Hilary Kilpatric

Lao Teen Girls Project

Women’s empowerment is a core value of our organization, so this year we chose to partner with Lao Solidarity and their Lao Teen Girls Project.

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