Posts Tagged "Laos"

The Luang Prabang Night Market

The idea Did you know the Luang Prabang Night Market was inspired by a trip to Paris? It just so happens that many years ago a local man flew over to France for a holiday and fell in love with…

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A Trip Through Laos: the Village Weaver Projects

An Akha woman carefully twisting her hair, arraigning it just right under an intricate headdress made of coins, beads and naturally-dyed fabric. A Tai Lue woman carefully stirring fermented indigo leaves to create the perfect shade of blue. Ten Lanten…

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Six Natural Dyes To Love

From Marie Vahl, Ock Pop Tok Merchandise Manager — part 1 of 2 on natural dyes: “Do you have indigo growing in your village? Indian trumpet? Turmeric?” These are the first questions we ask before any village training on natural…

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What makes a good partnership — and 5 social enterprises you should know

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller And thus opened the panel discussion on what makes successful partnerships at the Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs Network Conference in Bangkok. There were 30 (or so)…

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How to hang a wall hanging

It’s a common question we get here at Ock Pop Tok: now that I’m home, how do I hang my wall hanging? These intricate, handmade textiles are truly a piece of art. So, of course you want to display them…

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What fair trade means at Ock Pop Tok

 Before there was Ock Pop Tok, there were two friends learning and experimenting with different ideas of Lao weaving. Before there were three shops, a Living Crafts Centre, the Village Weaver Project and a nonprofit foundation, there was a hunch…

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How (and Why) You Should Wear A Sinh

   The women here in Laos wear many hats: anything from businesswoman to homemaker, from chef to artist. They also wear many sinhs. This traditional skirt is as diverse as the women who wear them. The designs vary by ethnic…

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Faces of OPT: Chef Keo

Chef Keo was born just down the Mekong from here, in a small village outside of Luang Prabang. A natural born leader, she is the eldest of three. Like most Lao people, she is a serious foodie, understanding that life…

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Celebrating the Women of Ock Pop Tok

Humblebrag: we have some pretty amazing women here at Ock Pop Tok. Of the current team members, 75 percent are women — many of those in leadership roles. There are many words that apply, both personally and professionally: friends, daughters,…

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