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How about a tour of our Living Crafts Centre?
Living Crafts Centre
Valerie Olla

How about a tour of our Living Crafts Centre?

If you’ve been following our journey for a while now, you know that nothing is static at Ock Pop Tok. Repeat visitors at our Living Crafts Centre are surprised by the changes (we like to think they’re improvements) visit after visit as we strive to always enhance our visitors’ discovery of Laos through textiles. Follow us for a tour of our updated (and upgraded) Living Crafts Centre experience!

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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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A stroll in Ban Donkeo, the Bamboo Village
News & Events
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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OPT-EIF a fruitful collaboration
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

OPT and EIF, a fruitful collaboration

The Village Weavers Project is a series of initiatives that create economic opportunities for artisans in rural locations around Laos. We decide which villages to work with in a few different ways. Sometimes, it comes through Public Private Partnerships. This is how our collaboration with the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) started three years ago. Read this interview with Ock Pop Tok’s (OPT) Co-Founder and Executive Director, Veomanee Douangdala, to learn more.

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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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