Silk

Laos’ finest handmade material

The creation of silk is a magical relationship with nature. Silk thread comes from a silkworm’s cocoon, which is created and used as the temporary home for the worm as it develops into a moth. Silk has been cultivated and woven in Laos for over 1000 years.

There are two types of silkworms in Laos: the Eri and Bombyx Mori. The Bombyx Mori originated in China and eats mulberry leaves. This silkworm makes two types of cocoon: yellow and white. The silk filament is fine and smooth. The other type, Eri, originated in India and can eat a variety of plant leaves, such as castor, cassava and papaya, but not mulberry. The spun yarn is thick and textured, creating textiles that feel soft; almost like wool. 

Did you know that a moth lays up to 300 eggs? A worm lives for around 28 days, and grows to be 10,000 times its original weight. From being born to spinning their cocoon, a batch of 5,000 worms will eat around 80 kgs of mulberry leaves. We need 5,000 – 6,000 cocoons to make 1 kg of silk yarn. We need around 1,500 cocoons to make one scarf. And did you know that silk is the strongest natural fibre known to man? Once, silk was used to make parachutes, bicycle tires and even bulletproof vests!

Watch this video to learn more about how silk is made.

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Diamond Silk Road

You'll love it because: It's handmade, silk and definitely art! Hang this on your work from home office wall, and you'll instantly have the "best Zoom background"!

Silk Harvest Organza Wide Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: Translucent organza reflects light beautifully, and it can be used as a wall hanging, a window covering or a refreshing room divider!

$212.00$272.00

Luang Prabang Temple Ikat Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: With two complex weaving techniques, this handsome piece is a wonderful Lao souvenir to remind you of temple-hopping in Luang Prabang.

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Sunflower Cushion Cover

You'll love it because: Bring the goodwill of Lao sunflower motifs (it means abundance and fertility!) into your home with this elegant and durable silk cushion cover.

$67.00 $40.20

Phou Tai Ikat Indigo Cushion Cover

You'll love it because: Woven by the Phou Tai, the indigo ikat cushion cover, will add good cheer to your bedding, sofa or favourite armchair.

$41.00

Tai Taeng Vintage Purse

You'll love it because: Made from upcycled Tai Taeng vintage fabrics, the pretty coin purses are lined with soft cotton and have a cool leather strap.

$22.00

Silk Sleeveless Shirt

You'll love it because: An easy piece that is both casual and refined, the handwoven silk sleeveless top is eco-friendly, naturally-dyed and hand sewn.

Millionaire Naga Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: Like a millionaire, this wall hanging is rich in tradition and innovation! It's also rich in Nagas, a guiding spirit for good life and success!

$783.00$1,359.00

Multicoloured Silk Scarf

You'll love it because: Simple, elegant, ultra-soft, naturally-dyed, eco-friendly, socially-responsible, and very easy to pair with anything in your closet!

Diamond Naga Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: So many reasons to love this! You are supporting Lao artisans directly, plus your Zoom background will be the envy of your office.

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Tai Je Upcycled Bag

You'll love it because: Crafted from vintage sinh pieces, the upcycled bag is one way to make the rich colours and Tai Je patterns part of your daily wear.

$49.00 $29.40

Silk Wrap Shirt

You'll love it because: Did you know silk is breathable and perfect for cool and warm weather? Likewise, this silk wrap top can be dressed up or worn with denim.

Diamond Naga Tai Taeng Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: Lao textiles are full of stories, and this one depicts an enchanting love story between a weaver and her Naga Prince. Read it and fall in love!

Silk City Stripey Scarf

You'll love it because: Easy to pair with a t-shirt or something fancier, this lightweight, eco-friendly scarf is naturally dyed and made from 100% silk.

Five Siho Prayer Flag

You'll love it because: Your very own "stairway to heaven"! Did you know the bamboo reeds in this silk temple flag represent steps to a higher realm?

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Butterfly Ikat Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: Another piece we think you'll love as a gift for a young textile lover, a housewarming present or as a one-of-a-kind wedding present!

$283.00 $212.25

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