The philosophy behind Ock Pop Tok was and continues to be, to empower women through their traditional skills, and promote Laotian textiles and crafts across the globe. In Laos we work with women artisans, rural producer groups and Lao youth. All of these people make Ock Pop Tok what it is today and the co-directors at Ock Pop Tok are committed to everybody’s wellbeing and that everyone has an opportunity for professional and social development.
What started with 5 weavers has grown to working with more than 500 artisans throughout Laos. With our growth has come the chance to help support and foster artisans throughout this beautiful country. We provide full and part time jobs to women in Luang Prabang — more than 20 Master Weavers work full time at the Living Crafts Centre and an additional 30 work part time in a nearby village.
Our artisans who are full time team members are entitled to interest-free loans, bonuses paid as a share of profit, and opportunities to travel abroad to act as cultural ambassadors for Laos and weaving culture.
For many women in Laos, weaving is only something that they can work on in their free time. Our goal is to find a way to make weaving a sustainable source of income for as many women as possible.