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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Tapestry Shoulder Bag

You'll love it because: Colourful and versatile, the tapestry should bag is a patchwork of handspun eri silk and cotton. We included leather straps for extra comfort!

$36.00$40.20

Silk Diamond Prayer Flag

You'll love it because: Handwoven by a master weaver, this minimalist wall hanging has maximum spiritual attributes! The diamonds represent profound insight and wisdom.

Silk Ocean Scarf

You'll love it because: Super soft and understated, this silk scarf is inspired by peaceful seaside horizons and is great addition to both women and men's wardrobes.

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Tai Je Cushion Cover

You'll love it because: Large enough to be a floor pillow or on a sofa, the fantastical motifs in the Tai Jai panel will add magic to your living space!

$35.00 $21.00

The Kingdom of Tai Houn Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: It's inspired by a legend full of mythical creatures and protective spirits, and will no doubt bring good vibes to your space.

The Third Eye Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: Hang it your home office and instantly elevate your Zoom background game! Plus the third eye motif brings insight and good karma.

Tai Lue Naga Tapestry 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 Wedding Blanket

You'll love it because: In Laos, a wedding blanket is like a wedding ring. It seals the deal for a lifetime! Plus it makes a wonderfully unique wedding present.

$924.00

Tai Muang Vintage Purse

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

$22.00

Shanghai Silk Shirt

You'll love it because: Shanghai chic comes to life with this Tang-style featuring ultrasoft handwoven silk, classic buttons and a spiffy Mandarin collar.

Temple Gate 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.

Five Stars Diamond Road

You'll love it because: The Tai Lue insert bamboo reeds into prayer flags to symbolise steps to heaven! Send your prayers and wishes to a higher power!

Tai Muang Cushion Cover

You'll love it because: Large enough to be a floor pillow or on a sofa, the indigo dyed cotton plus bold Tai Muang motifs in bright purple will light up any room.

Tai Daeng Vintage Silk Skirt

You'll love it because: Feel extra special in this rare vintage silk sinh from Laos' preeminent weavers, the Tai Daeng, who weave iconic animist motifs.

$348.00

Tai Kadai 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.

The Master Weaver Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: Weavers typically use one weaving technique, but this museum quality piece has two! Namlai and chok, two of Laos' most complicated techniques.

$826.00

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