Archive for December, 2013

Friends of OPT: Lydali

With a mission to create a global community of empowered craftspeople, Lydali is an online store stocking artisan homewares, garments, jewellery and accessories from more than 20 ethical producers around the world (including Ock Pop Tok!). After being featured as a Spotlight…

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The Story of Lao Silk

Did you know that 10kg of silkworm cocoons are required to produce just one kilo of silk fibre? Or that just 200gms can be reeled in a single day? One kilo of raw Lao silk costs on average 180,000 LAK (about…

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Mone’s Travel Tale: Part One

In 2013, I was given the opportunity by my employer, Ock Pop Tok (OPT) to attend the second international “Gathering of Weavers” being held in Cusco, Peru on November 12-15th, 2013. I am a weaver and salesperson living in Luang…

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Happy Hmong New Year!

Hmong New Year celebrations in Luang Prabang and throughout Laos are a time when many different villages come together to celebrate the end of the harvest season and the start of a new year. Here in Luang Prabang, the festivities…

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Reflections of an Ock Pop Tok Volunteer

The following passage is a reflection written by a volunteer English Teacher/Trainer/Marketer who worked with us at Ock Pop Tok from October to December 2013. “I first encountered Ock Pop Tock (the Lao translation for ‘east meets west’) whilst visiting the…

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