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The Legend of Sam Neua
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

The Legend of Sam Neua!

We couldn’t think of a better double entendre than “The Legend of Sam Neua” to talk about Mrs. Phan Phoumaneevong, known as Mae Thao Linthong. The woman is a legend and she weaves… legends and stories using her unique skills. And when we say unique here, we mean it in a literal way, she’s the only one in Laos weaving these designs. Let’s learn more about this legend!

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

Maison & Objet: Paris, here we come again!

From September 7th to 11th, we’ll be at the Maison & Objet trade show, in Paris! We will be showcasing our 2023/24 Home Decor Collection. Read on to learn more about how our home decor items have evolved over time and how this collection came to life…

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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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The Materials of Laos
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

The Materials of Laos!

We only work with the finest raw materials and oversee all production steps to guarantee the highest quality products using environmentally friendly techniques. High quality raw material is a must for high quality end products. In Laos, the artisans work mainly with silk, cotton, hemp and piet.

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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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Ock Pop Tok in Paris for Maison & Objet
News & Events
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?
News & Events
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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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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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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The price has a story
Village Weaver Project
Valerie Olla

The price has a story…

Did you ever wonder what goes into the price of an artisan made product? In the price of the products we make, in collaboration with artisans around Laos, we account for the cost of raw materials and fair wages for the artisans, but that’s not all… Can you guess what else comes into play?

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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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Motifs: Lao textiles or the stories they tell...
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Motifs: Lao textiles or the stories they tell…

Motifs in Lao textile are deeply symbolic. In fact, many Lao people and anthropologists can determine the ethnic group and marital status of the weaver, the region and function of a piece by simply looking at the textile.

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