Meet The Co-Founders
Veomanee Douangdala learnt to weave from her mother when she was 8 years old. She is the youngest of four children and the only daughter, this position in the family brought many responsibilities. Veo became an accomplished weaver and this skill has helped her support her family. When she was 24 she took the adventurous step of co-founding Ock Pop Tok.
Veo has become a natural ambassador for Lao textiles, both meeting global dignitaries and inspiring young Lao women to follow in her footsteps; to empower themselves with their weaving skills. Veo is on the board of the chamber of commerce and has chaired the Luang Prabang Handicraft group. Veo leads the OPT weaving team, oversees the management of our Living Crafts Centre, and is responsible for of our Heritage textile collection.
Jo has a BA in Fine Arts, specialising in sculpture and photography. A photography contract with an E.U funded development project brought her to Laos in 1999. Together with Veo, the two co-founded Ock Pop Tok in 2000. In 2002 she initiated Ock Pop Tok’s rural development programme; The Village Weaver Projects: alleviating poverty in rural areas. This has lead to numerous consultancies in Value Chain Analysis for Lao government projects.
Jo has spoken at academic and museum conferences from Sydney to Washington D.C. about the work that Ock Pop Tok does. Now Jo oversees the creative and strategic development for OPT.
Meet The Team
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