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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Upcycling or the second life of Lao textiles
Textile of the Moment
Valerie Olla

Upcycling or giving a second life to Lao textiles

If you’ve been following us for some time, you know that we oversee all production steps — in our studio but also in the different villages we work with — to guarantee the highest quality products using environment-friendly techniques. But did you know that we also value waste minimisation? How, you ask? Upcycling!

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Naga Kingdom
Ock Pop Tok TV
Valerie Olla

Naga Kingdom

When you walk around Luang Prabang, exploring temples, seeing the local architecture and traditional clothing, you have probably seen many serpent or snake-like motifs. This is the Naga, and the Naga is everywhere. It is one of the most important motifs in Lao textiles.

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Wild Fabrics: Siho & Elephants
Ock Pop Tok TV
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
Radio Ock Pop Tok
Radio Ock Pop Tok

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
Ock Pop Tok TV
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
Ock Pop Tok TV
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
Radio Ock Pop Tok
Radio Ock Pop Tok

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
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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