Made in Laos!
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

Made in Laos!

Did you ever stroll through a market during your travels and wonder if the product you were about to buy was really handmade in the country you were visiting? Rest assured that when buying from Ock Pop Tok, you buy a product (hand)made in Laos from start to finish. Let’s have a look at the production process of artisan products Made in Laos.

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The faces behind your handicraft
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

The faces behind your handicrafts…

Did you ever wonder who made the products you buy? Rest assured that when buying from Ock Pop Tok, you buy an artisan made product. And your purchase not only helps these artisans make a living from traditional crafts but also supports the preservation of local culture. Let’s have a look at the faces behind your handicrafts…

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Road tripping around northern Laos!
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

Road tripping around northern Laos!

Over the past two weeks, our production team has been road tripping around northern Laos. They visited 6 villages in 3 provinces and trained dozens of artisans. We have videos and tons of pictures…

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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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Craft business
Radio Ock Pop Tok
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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Designing & Upcycling with HLA DAY in Myanmar
Radio Ock Pop Tok
Radio Ock Pop Tok

Designing & Upcycling with
HLA DAY in Myanmar

Why is Myanmar difficult terrain for artisans? Plastic upcycling genius Peter Pau Son, founder of Shin Thant Plastics, and Ulla Kroeber, co-founder and lead designer at Hla Day, a crafts and design organisation in Yangon, helps us understand the challenges of doing business in Myanmar.

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Colectivo 1050
Radio Ock Pop Tok
Radio Ock Pop Tok

Kitzia Barrera Discusses
Indigenous Pottery in Oaxaca

Explore the pottery tradition of Oaxaca, Mexico with Kitzia Barrera, co-founder of Innovando la Tradición and Colectivo 1050 Grados. An industrial designer by training, Kitzia decided to work with indigenous artisans in an effort to merge traditional and modern design principles. Through social and participatory design, Kitzia and indigenous communities are working together to revitalise the practice and economy of pottery.

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Moroccan Carpet Hunting (ethically) With Nina Mohammad-Galbert
Radio Ock Pop Tok
Radio Ock Pop Tok

Moroccan Carpet Hunting
with Nina Mohammad-Galbert

The Moroccan carpet is iconic. It has grown exponentially, but Berber communities and the women who weave these gorgeous carpets have not necessarily benefited. Nina Mohammad-Galbert, founder of Artisan Project, explains this imbalance and discusses the importance of ethical sourcing and buying.

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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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