Living Crafts Center

Living Crafts Center

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Set in lush tropical gardens and located on the banks of the Mekong, the Living Crafts Center is the perfect place to learn more about the fascinating world of Lao textiles.

Created as a way to allow visitors to observe the impressive skills that go into Lao textiles, the Centre brings the concept of “East Meets West” alive.

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Tour

Enjoy a 30-minute free tour of our beautiful Living Crafts Centre. You will learn about Laos textiles from the silkworm to the finished product. Our knowledgeable staff will show you how natural dyes are made and introduce you to the most popular weaving techniques in Laos. You can wander through our weaving room and watch the experts at work creating masterpieces before your eyes.

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Let Jo guide you around ~ 🇬🇧

Let Veo guide you around ~ 🇱🇦

Follow our co-founder Joanna Smith for a personal tour – in English – of the Living Crafts Centre. We have to warn you though, you’ll definitely want to jump into a plane for Luang Prabang afterwards…

Follow our co-founder Veomanee Douangdala for a personal tour – in Lao – of the Living Crafts Centre. The passa lao (Lao language) will transport  you to Luang Prabang within a few minutes…

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Did you know that you could discover a country – at least Laos – through its textiles? Join us on our paperless journey and download our brochure for more information on our various locations – in the centre of town and a bit outside of town on the banks of the Mekong – and offerings – you can eat with us, you can stay with us, you can shop with us and you can get creative with us. All allowing you to discover Laos through textiles.  

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Classes

Experience Laos through textiles hand on!  Our Master Weavers and experienced teachers will guide you.  Choose from a range of classes. You can try chok weaving or bamboo weaving, natural dyeing or batik. Half day to 1-, 2- or 3-day classes are available.

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Silk Road Café

You can enjoy our delicious “East Meets West” cuisine and amazing views over the Mekong at our Living Crafts Centre location.

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Villa

The Mekong Villa offers the opportunity to engage with the culture and arts of Laos, while still allowing space for ample quiet and relaxation. Enjoy our tranquil setting on the banks of the Mekong in our lush garden. The Mekong Villa features five exquisite rooms with decor inspired by artisan communities in Laos. The Oma, Katu, Hmong, Tai Muang and Tai Daeng rooms spotlight textiles handmade by artisans we work with through the Village Weavers Project. 

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Shop

Our Living Crafts Centre Flagship Shop houses selections from both Heritage and Boutique collections making sure that all visitors to the Centre will have the opportunity to see items across all of our collections. The Flagship Shop has a specific focus on the textiles woven by the onsite weavers. What better way to experience fair trade than to meet the artisan who created your new purchase!

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Functions Room

Our unique venue in a renovated traditional Tai Lue house provides all the comfort needed for productive functions and meetings.

  • Depending on the layout, the space can accommodate 30 to 40.
  • Amenities provided: Projector – Screen – 1 Speaker – 2 Microphones – WiFi – Water
  • Coffee/Tea breaks, lunch, sunset cocktail options available.
  • Book directly on [email protected] or 071 212597 (landline) or +856 20 54 983 939 (WhatsApp
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