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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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.

$760.00

Dok Khom Wall Hanging

Why you’ll love it: So many reasons to love this! You are supporting Lao artisans directly, plus it’s a great conversation starter with guests visiting your hom

$260.00

Traditional Naga Hook Wall Hanging

Why you’ll love it: So many reasons to love this! You are supporting Lao artisans directly, plus it’s a great conversation starter with guests visiting your home.

$260.00

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.

Traditional Naga and Siho Wall Hanging

Why you’ll love it: So many reasons to love this! You are supporting Lao artisans directly, plus it’s a great conversation starter with guests visiting your home.

$125.00

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.

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.

Silk Dok Khom Placemat

Why you’ll love it: This delicate yet durable silk placemat is a perfect souvenir to remind you of Laos. It also makes a great hostess gift!

$35.00

Traditional Diamond Naga Wall Hanging

Why you’ll love it: So many reasons to love this! You are supporting Lao artisans directly, plus it’s a great conversation starter with guests visiting your home.

$225.00

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