The Lao National Tourism Administration(LNTA) hired the Ock Pop Tok team to develop handicrafts in their target tourism development villages.
The first part of the training is to demonstrate a demand for homespun cotton. The Tai Lue are experts in cotton growing but skills were waning due to lack of viable options for selling their products. We lead natural dye training programs followed by product diversity development.
The local tourism offices sell their products and often a local market place is created for visiting tourists to stop and support their work through purchases. As you travel around Laos, make a point of stopping in at the local tourism offices to see what activities are being promoted and how you can support the production of local handicrafts.