Veo’s brother, Dr. Phouvieng, is a doctor based in Luang Namtha. Working in the field, he realized that there were mutual opportunities for the remote communities and his sister’s enterprise, Ock Pop Tok.
Dr. Phouvieng started buying a variety of handicrafts such as tapestry cotton skirts, jungle vine bags and bamboo paper. He then sent them to us. In turn we sent back comments and requests asking could the bags be bigger, could the paper wider and so on.
Jungle Vine which is unique to Laos is a non- timber forest product (NTFP) which is also eco- friendly. It grows wild during the fields’ fallow year. Although the process to make yarn is laborious the finished product is an example of great resourcefulness.