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Living Crafts Center

Living Crafts Center

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Set in lush 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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Hop on Our Free Tuk-Tuk!

Our Living Crafts Centre being located a little bit out of town – about 2 km from the night market – guests can take our free tuk-tuk from our shop in town, next to 3 Nagas. You can find the location here. Don’t worry, we’ll take you back to town after. Other than the hours of operation (see below), there are no fixed times. Just stop by our shop. If the tuk-tuk is not there, our friendly staff will call it for you!

The free tuk-tuk runs between 8.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m.

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Free Tour!

Enjoy a free tour learning about Laos’ textiles from the silkworm to the finished product. Our staff – when available – 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 studio and watch the experts at work creating masterpieces.

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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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Also available in Français, Deutsch & 汉语

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Free Demonstrations Daily!

Over and above our free tour where visitors can “Discover Laos Through Textiles” throughout our Living Crafts Centre, we have now introduced free daily demonstrations where visitors can witness all the different aspects of the textile production process; silk cocoon reeling, cotton spinning, pattern setting, weaving… 

Demonstrations vary daily and happen at 11.30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

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Treasure Hunt Tour

This is a self-guided treasure hunt that takes the visitor around the Living Crafts Centre. There are 7 clues to find the treasure. Each participant is given a map of the Living Crafts Centre. Through riddles and clues, you will discover Laos through textiles. This fun and interactive treasure hunt tour is perfect for families (we have a kids version) or groups of friends! Available in English and French!

Price: $3.50/Person (2-4 pax) Price includes the treasure!

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Classes & Workshops

Experience Laos through textiles hands-on!  Our experienced artisans will guide you.  Choose from a range of classes. 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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Mekong Villa

You can engage with the culture and arts of Laos, or relax in one of our 5 rooms with decor inspired by artisan communities. The Oma, Katu, Hmong, Tai Muang and Tai Daeng rooms spotlight textiles handmade by artisans from our Village Weavers Project. 

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Shop

Visitors to our flagship shop will have the opportunity to see items across all of our collections. What better way to experience fair trade than to meet the artisan who created your new scarf?!

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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.

  • 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 on reservations@ockpoptok.com or 071 212597 (landline) or +856 20 57 958 321 (WhatsApp)
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