Archive for October, 2011

Elle Decor Thailand

  The editor in chief of Elle Decor Thailand, Rungsima ‘Pui’ Kasikranund, is in town.  Her and Veo, one of OPT’s Directors, are good friends. She is working on a story about what’s new in Luang Prabang. We will shoot…

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AwkPhansa at Night

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Making Stars

For the past couple of weeks we have been busy making star lanterns for AwkPhansa, the end of Buddhist Lent. This is one of our favorite festivals of year here in Luang Prabang.

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Crafting The Lives of Young Laos: A Personal Story

  Crafting the Lives of Young Laos By Amelia Stange   For anyone who has visited the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center it is clear that the main event is the finely crafted hand dyed, hand spun, hand loomed…

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Day 1, The Long Journey North

  Day 1.  The road is long!  Left Luang Prabang in torrential rain, the road out of town going north was like a river.  Davon and I settled into our seats, snacks abundant, eventually the sun shone and we sped…

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Day 2, Ban Pieng Ngam

Family Heirloom from the village Ban Pieng Ngam Day 2. The drive into Ban Pieng Ngam (village that is beautifully flat) was stunning; rice field after rice field and sprouting out the middle of the rice expanse were coconut trees…

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Day 3, Setting up Looms

Day 3. Yesterday was a tough day.  It emerged that most of the women didn’t want to revert to weaving traditional textiles. Instead we were going to have to re-invent the bland synthetic scarf, so we will focus on working…

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Day 4, Natural Dyes

  Day 4. The energy in the group is high today, we had divided into 4 producer groups and taken turns to set up the looms.  Today we would dye over 10 different colours. Luckily the village has access to…

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Day 5

  Akha woman sewing aluminum onto Indigo dyed cotton   Day 5. In a Tai Kalom village just outside of Luang Namtha stands an immaculate  traditional house, it was built in consultation with a tour company that wanted to use…

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Day 6 & 7 : Tai Kalom

  Day 6. With the Tai Kalom women we’ve decided to stick to what we do best and that is crocheting from the plastic string.  We looked at items that were iconic for Tai Kalom culture, for example a drum…

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