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Silkworms & Natural Dyes

A 2.5 hour hands-on workshop & learning experience. Please note that all prices are charged in Lao Kip and US dollar prices are approximate.

The price per person is based on group size:

  • 1 person price at 600,000 LAK ($75)
  • 2 – 5 people price at 384,000 LAK ($48) per person
  • 6 – 9 people price at 320,000 LAK($40) per person
  • 10 + people price at 304,000 LAK ($38) per person

This is a great introduction to the world of Lao textiles where visitors get to try a bit of everything and dye their own scarf.

Workshop Structure

  • Meet the Silkworms – an explanation of the worms’ 
lives; some interesting facts regarding sericulture; 
Guests prepare mulberry leaves and feed the worms.
  • Preparing Natural Dyes – a brief introduction to natural dyes; guests are invited to prepare two dye sources sourced from plants growing in the LCC gardens; 
guests dye white scarves in their chosen colours.

Refreshments Break: Fruit platters and Lao-style drinks

  • Meet the Weavers – an introduction to the looms and the different weaving techniques.
  • Ikat Weaving Demonstration – guests are invited to try weaving and spinning on our demonstration looms.
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The Silk Road: From Silkworms to Nagas

Hosted by Ock Pop Tok’s cofounders, Veomanee Duangdala & Joanna Smith. This is a 1.5 hour presentation illustrating the journey of a Lao textiles from the creation of silk to the weaving process and the meaning of motifs.

With co-directors: 
Prices start from 2,080,000 LAK ($260) per group (up to 10 people)

Seminar Structure:

  • Introduction to Ock Pop Tok & our current activities.
  • A brief history of silk textiles.
  • How to real silk worms and making silk thread.
  • Natural dyeing & Dye Sources; audience participation 
assisting with a demonstration of dyeing silk.

Refreshments Break: Lemongrass tea and for the adventurous Saa Kii Morn (medicinal tea made from silkworm poo), Dtor Morn (fried silk worms)

  • Weaving techniques – the three main techniques used in Lao; Supplementary, Tapestry & Ikat. Depending on time participants can try themselves on one of our looms.
  • Use of textiles in Laos – showcasing samples of different textiles, discussing their function and the meaning of motifs – what is a Naga?
  • The weavers at work – a walk through the Ock Pop Tok weaving area to watch our skilled artisans at work.
  • Discussion – question and answer time
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Veo explaining silk