Classes, Workshops & Seminars

Experience Laos through textiles — alongside our Master Weavers and experienced teachers you can try your own hand at traditional crafts. A wide range of classes in silk weaving, natural dyes, batik drawing and bamboo weaving are available — from half day to 1, 2 or 3 day classes.

Great for kids and the whole family!

  • Free tuk tuk pick up
  • Full day classes include a delicious Lao lunch
  • Book online, at one of our shops in town or contact us:

See our classes in the Bangkok Post.

Dyeing Class

½ Day Natural Dyes Class

Get your hands dirty!

An introduction to silkworms and silk types, students have a hands-on experience with natural dye preparation and create 3 natural dyes using plants directly from our home-grown garden (just like the Lao have done for hundreds of years!)

Choose from one of the two options of products to make yourself and take home. Colours and patterns are customisable for all items!

Daily: 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm
Price: 416,000 LAK (approx $52)

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Weaving Classes

Learn from our masters!

Start with an introduction to silks, dyeing and weaving techniques. Each student is assigned a loom — a guide and a weaver will help you learn the art of weaving.

You will get to take home the product items at the end of the class. Silk colours can be customised!

We can accommodate any schedule:

Half Day Weaving Class

Daily: 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm
Price: 416,000 LAK (approx $52)

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One Day Weaving Class

Daily: 9am – 4pm
Price: 552,000 (approx $69), lunch included

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2 Days Natural Dye and Weaving Class

The full experience!

This class starts with a morning of selecting colours, gathering plants, and the preparing natural dyes using the traditional Lao recipes. Then you dye 3 silk skeins or cotton napkins to take home! After lunch in our Silk Road Café (included in the price) each student gets their own loom. Together with the support of one of our master weavers, you will spend the next day and a half weaving your own silk scarf. This class offers great insight into both weaving and dyeing!

Choose from one of the two options of products to make yourself and take home. Colours and patterns are customisable for all items!

2 Full Days: 9am – 4pm
Price: 872,000 LAK (approx $109), lunch included

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3 Days Natural Dye and Weaving Class

A true weaving master class!

This class offers the opportunity for students to explore the techniques used in Ikat weaving. The class involves wrapping the silk and natural dyeing process of the weft threads, which render the pattern, followed by weaving your own Ikat Scarf (180 cm) to take home. 

Colours and patterns are customisable!

3 Full Days: 9am – 4pm
Price: 1,264,000 LAK (approx $158), lunch included every day.

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Batik Class

Introduction to Hmong Batik culture!

Each student will create a wax resistant, Hmong-style design on hand-loomed hemp, together with the legendary Mae Thao (Grandmother) Zuzong, our resident Batik Teacher. This class can be extended to a full day to create a larger textile piece! Full day prices includes a delicious Lao-style lunch directly on the Mekong.

Only available Monday to Friday.

We can accommodate any schedule:

Daily: 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm
Price: 416,000 LAK (approx $52)

Example of what you make:

30cm x 45cm hemp piece

Daily: 9am – 4pm
Price: 552,000 LAK (approx $69), lunch included

Example of what you make:

30cm x 80cm hemp piece

2 Full Days: 9am – 4pm
Price: 872,000 (approx $109), lunch included both days

Example of what you make:

30cm x 120cm dyed hemp piece

Bamboo Weaving Class

Great for all ages!

Join our master bamboo weaver and learn about the many uses of bamboo in Laos.

Choose from one of the two options of products to make yourself and take home. Half day class students will weave a placemat or traditional fan. This class can be extended to a full day allowing students to weave a small basket. Full day class includes a delicious lunch overlooking the Mekong!

We can accommodate any schedule:

Daily: 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm
Price: 208,000 LAK (approx $26)

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Daily: 9:00am – 16:00pm
Price: 336,000 LAK (approx $42), lunch included.

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Village Weaver Class

Discover different Lao Ethnic Group Traditions!

The Village Weaver Projects are a series of initiatives that create economic opportunities for artisans in rural locations. With this class, you can learn about Laos and some of its ethnic groups through their artisan traditions. More specifically about 3 distinct ethnic groups who participate in our Village Weaver Projects as you create 3 small crafts to take home.

Interested in learning more about our Village Weaver initiative? Read here!

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2-Hour Classes Available:

Daily: 10am – 12pm  or  2pm – 4pm
Price: 320,000 LAK (approx $40)

Workshops & Seminars

Learning together

Traveling as a group? Want to learn more about Lao Textile traditions? We have two great options for you. Try our Hands-On Silk Worms and Natural Dyes Workshop. Or learn first hand from one of our co-founders about how Ock Pop Tok was created and the journey of Lao textiles through our Seminar.

The Silk Road – From Silkworms to Nagas

Hosted by Ock Pop Tok’s cofounders, Veomanee Duangdala & Joanna Smith. This is a 1.5 hour presentation illustrating the journey of a Lao textiles from the creation of silk to the weaving process and the meaning of motifs.

With co-directors:
Prices start from 2,080,000 LAK ($260) per group (up to 10 people)

Seminar Structure

  • Introduction to Ock Pop Tok, our mission, initiatives and current events.
  • A brief history of silk textiles.
  • How to reel silk worms and make silk thread.
  • Natural dyeing & dye sources; audience participation assisting with a demonstration of dyeing silk.
  • Refreshments Break – Lemongrass tea and for the adventurous Saa Kii Morn (medicinal tea made from silkworm poo), Dtor Morn (fried silk worms)
  • Weaving techniques – the three main techniques used in Lao; Supplementary, Tapestry & Ikat. (Depending on time participants can try themselves on one of our looms!)
  • Use of textiles in Laos – showcasing samples of different textiles, discussing their function and the meaning of motifs – what is a Naga?
  • The weavers at work – a walk through the Ock Pop Tok weaving area to watch our skilled artisans at work.
  • Discussion – time for questions and answers!

Family Tye-Dye Class

Something different for the entire family to enjoy!

Our special half-day family dyeing class includes preparing natural dyes using the plants from our garden and following the traditional Lao recipes. Then, tie-dye a t-shirt using a variety of patterns. 

Includes tie-dyed t-shirt with your choice of pattern and colour!

½ Day Classes Available:

Daily: 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm
Price: 552,000 LAK (approx $69)

Cost is for 1 adult and 1 child (11 and under). Extra adults and children are $35 and $26, respectively.

Examples of what you make:

Silkworms & Natural Dyes

Group Bookings Only!

A 2.5 hour hands-on workshop & learning experience. 

This is a great introduction to the world of Lao textiles where visitors get to try a bit of everything and dye their own scarf to take home.

The price per person is based on group size:

***Please note that all prices are charged in Lao Kip and US dollar prices are approximate.

1 pax: 600,000 LAK ($75) per person
2 – 5 pax: 384,000 LAK ($48) per person
6 – 9 pax: 320,000 LAK ($40) per person
10 or more pax: 304,000 LAK ($38) per person

 

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Workshop Structure

  • Meet the Silkworms – an explanation of the life cycle of the silk worms; some interesting facts regarding sericulture; Guests prepare mulberry leaves and feed the worms.
  • Prepare Natural Dyes – a brief introduction to natural dyes; guests are invited to prepare two different colours of natural dyes from plants growing in the LCC gardens; guests dye white scarves in their chosen colours.
  • Refreshments Break – Fruit platters and Lao-style drinks
  • Meet the Weavers – an introduction to the looms and the different weaving techniques.
  • Ikat Weaving Demonstration – guests are invited to try weaving and spinning on our demonstration looms.

Combination Classes

Mix & Match!

The best opportunity to discover Laos through textiles!

Combine any of 2 of our half day offers for a full day of experience! Great for those who want to learn a little bit of everything and are unable to pick 1 full day activity!

For this day you will also be able to take home any of the crafts created in any of the half day classes.

Daily: 9am – 4pm
Prices: 552,000 LAK (approximately $69) – includes lunch.

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