Wild Fabrics: Siho & Elephants
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Valerie Olla

Wild Fabrics: Siho & Elephants

Lao textiles are rich in symbols and motifs. Some motifs represent animals borrowed from legends and stories. One famous character in Lao textiles is the siho, which is part lion and part elephant. Follow us into the jungle of MandaLao Elephant Conservation and learn more about elephants in real life and textiles.

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Kissweh: Palestinian Embroidery by Refugee Craftswomen
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Kissweh: Palestinian Embroidery
by Refugee Craftswomen

Palestinian embroidery is a traditional craft dating back centuries. Traditionally used on garments and pillows for the home, this embroidery is rich with motifs and stories of Palestinian culture, nature and village life. Kissweh, a craft enterprise focusing on these embroidery techniques, provides income opportunities for women living in Palestinian refugee camps inside Lebanon.

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Shop Talk: Rice & Loom
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Valerie Olla

Rice & Loom!

Through our textiles, we keep the stories and traditions of Lao culture alive. Rice, particularly khao niao, is part and parcel of Lao culture and holds a special place in our textiles. Follow us in the rice paddies of Luang Prabang for the story of rice.

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Weave Your Way Through Sinh City
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Valerie Olla

Weave Your Way Through Sinh City!

Follow us in the streets of Luang Prabang, and weave your way through Sinh City, to learn more about the Lao sinh, the traditional Lao skirt. More than an outfit, the sinh is a symbol of culture and a marker of ethnicity.

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Kavita Parmar
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Kavita Parmar Says “Be the Change”

Kavita Parmar, founder and creative director of I OWE YOU Project, discusses the need for a new design ecosystem. And, she shares her love affair with the Madras check and her vision for how each of us must “be the change”.

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Meet Mook V: Textile Innovator
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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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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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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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