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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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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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Village Market Fair
Ock Pop Tok TV
Valerie Olla

A Village Market Fair
From the mountains… to the town

From the mountains of Laos to the town of Luang Prabang, the Village Market Fair we hosted a couple of weeks ago was a success! If we may say so ourselves… The artisans from our Village Weavers Project had a great time, we had a great time and we hope all those who stopped by had a great time! And for those who couldn’t make it (for obvious reasons), we hope our videos and pictures made you travel to Laos for a weekend…

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IBU Empower Women Artisans
Radio Ock Pop Tok
Radio Ock Pop Tok

We Are IBU
Empowering Women Artisans

Susan Hull Walker and IBU Movement are at the forefront of galvanising the global artisan community. Susan’s work empowers and connects people—in particular women—at all levels, from a village-based artisan to a woman in corporate or suburban America. Through her work with IBU Movement, and more recently IBU Foundation, Susan is finding common ground for women from far away places and disparate experiences to come together meaningfully.

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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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Moroccan Carpet Hunting (ethically) With Nina Mohammad-Galbert
Radio Ock Pop Tok
Radio Ock Pop Tok

Moroccan Carpet Hunting
with Nina Mohammad-Galbert

The Moroccan carpet is iconic. It has grown exponentially, but Berber communities and the women who weave these gorgeous carpets have not necessarily benefited. Nina Mohammad-Galbert, founder of Artisan Project, explains this imbalance and discusses the importance of ethical sourcing and buying.

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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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