Dream Big, Start Small, Act Now

April 12, 2017

THE BIG DREAM !!

We have a dream, its a big dream but we want to take 8 weavers (more if possible) to Peru.  Laos to Peru….that’s literally the other side of the world.  Wait!!!!  let me check that.  So if you go this website – its pretty cool https://www.antipodesmap.com/ and type in Luang Prabang Laos, the opposite side is….. Wait hold on…it’s the coast of peru… WOW!!  We really are going to the other side of the world.

OPT in Santa Fe 2016

Ock Pop Tok artisans in Santa Fe 2016, with artisans from Mexico and beyond.

But why Peru?  So in November this year, an Artisan Hero called Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez of the Andean Textile Arts Group is organising a 4 day conference of weavers.  See here for the full schedule and list of events.  http://andeantextilearts.org/tinkuy_2017

This conference will bring people that are interested in handmade, textiles, anthropology, weaving together.  It will also bring artisans from around the world together.  Being part of a global community of artisans is very important.  For the last 9 years weavers from the Ock Pop Tok team have attended the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, USA.  The resonating sentiment from this event is about how our weavers feel part of a global movement and and the ramifications here are that this empowers them.

As American writer John Gardner said  “We know that where community exists it confers upon its members identity, a sense of belonging, and a measure of security. . . . Communities are the ground-level generators and preservers of values and ethical systems.”

So thats why Peru.  To be part of a community that shares our values.

START SMALL

We have started making a Lao version of a dream catcher.  This is a Prayer Flag that Tai Lue families make and give to temples to make their dreams and wishes come true.  They are called a Pha Tung in Laos, made from bamboo and cotton.

ACT NOW !!

So how to get 8 weavers to the other side of the world?  Buy one of these prayer flags and make someone’s dream come true!!!

All proceeds from sales go towards sending weavers to Peru.

Prayer Flags starting at $26.25 to $75.  Key rings at $2.

Mrs Kieng SFO

‘My dream, to travel the world, to represent Lao culture – I’m an ambassador for Lao culture – for my traditions.”  Mrs Kieng – Ock Pop Tok Master Weaver

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