Posts Tagged "Ock Pop Tok"

Handmade in Time: A Different Kind of Art

  It’s an art museum — but there are no paintings, sculptures or photographs. The Fibre2Fabric gallery is different kind of art: one of textiles, fabrics and dyes. Recently, the Fibre2Fabric gallery closed to the public (if you haven’t seen…

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Introducing the new Chok Collection

  It’s finally here! Our latest addition: the Chok Collection. From concept to completion, every decision and design was made with a purpose. Our team has been working for months to bring to this you: pieces that are a new…

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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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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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Behind the Scenes: Nam Et-Phou Louey Village Weaver Project

From Marie Vahl, Ock Pop Tok Production Coordinator: As a new member of the Ock Pop Tok team, I jumped at the chance to join our co-founder and production assistant on my first  Village Weaver Project trip to the Nam…

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From Laos, With Love

It’s said a picture is worth a thousand words. Could the same be said for a Lao pha khan mon, or “love gift”? These small woven pieces carry a big mission: reminding those away from home of the loved ones…

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