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 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.

Lotus Diamond Silk Cushion

You'll love it because: The intricate design tells a Lao love story. Who wouldn't want a love story in their home. This cushion is an elegant and striking accent to any bed or sofa.

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.

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.

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.

Three Squares Ikat Prayer Flag

You'll love it because: Inspired by tradition, the east-meets-west design and colours evoke the calm tranquility of works by contemporary artists like Mark Rothko.

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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!

$179.40

Lady Fingers Ikat Scarf

You’ll love it because: Super soft and lightweight with great drape, this eco-friendly scarf will no doubt be your constant companion. Easy to mix and match!

Multicolor Silk Sunflower Cushion Cover

You'll love it because: This striking cushion gives a pop of colour to any room. The silk is soft and brings a cosy element to the home.

$48.00$120.00

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.

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!

Honeycomb Scarf

You'll love it because: Handwoven from lightweight silk, this casual scarf honours bees, nature's symmetrical designers, industrious pollinators and sweet gifters!

$57.00

Multi Pattern Silk Scarf

You’ll love it because: You’ll get to enjoy different patterns in just one scarf! Plus, it’s super soft and lightweight with great drape!

The Silk River Tapestry Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: A tribute to the life giving force of the Mekong River. A geometric design inspired by tradition, it's woven by a master weaver!

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.

King Naga Silk Wallhanging

You'll love it because: The monochrome colourway makes the intricate handwoven patterns pop off the canvas. This is an elegant understated art piece, that will look great on a bed, sofa, wall and for the really dramatic; could even be worn!

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