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Valerie Olla

Boung Bang Fai or the Rocket Festival in Laos! 

The Rocket Festival in Laos – centered around launching “rockets” – typically lasts two to three days and is packed with fun activities. The rockets are believed to carry prayers to Phaya Thaen, the god of rain. People hope that the higher the rocket goes, the more rain they will receive for a bountiful harvest.

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News & Events
Valerie Olla

Ock Pop Tok’s Green Initiatives

We often get asked in what ways does Ock Pop Tok contribute to sustainable tourism development in Laos. So, as we get ready to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we thought we would share our “green” initiatives. Some we’ve been doing for some time now while others are more recent. Let’s have a look…

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Spotlight on Lao Artisans!
Friends of OPT
Valerie Olla

Lao Artisans in the Spotlight!

During our annual Village Market Fair a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to collaborate with photographers Nicolas Henry and Floriane de Lassée to put some of the Lao artisans we work with – through our Village Weavers Project – in the spotlight. A beautiful opportunity for us to highlight these artisans, their ethnic groups and their crafts.

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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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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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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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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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News & Events
Madison McClintock

The Magic of the Festival of Lights

I’m pretty sure I picked (unconsciously!) the best time of year to be working with Ock Pop Tok! Hi! My name is Madison McClintock and I’m a filmmaker/visual artist from the U.S. working with Ock Pop Tok for four months.

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Training
Guest

Six Natural Dyes To Love

“Do you have indigo growing in your village? Indian trumpet? Turmeric?” These are the first questions we ask before any village training on natural dyes.

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