Classes, Workshops & Seminars

Experience Laos through textiles — alongside our Master Weavers and experienced teachers you can try your own hand at traditional crafts. A wide range of classes in silk weaving, natural dyes, batik drawing and bamboo weaving are available — from half day to 1, 2 or 3 day classes.

Great for kids and the whole family!

  • Free tuk tuk pick up
  • Full day classes include a delicious Lao lunch
  • Book online, at one of our shops in town or contact us:

See our classes in the Bangkok Post.

Dyeing Classes

1/2 day natural dyes class

Get your hands dirty

An introduction to silkworms and silk types, students have a hands-on experience with natural dye preparation and create 3 natural dyes using plants from our garden. At the end of class you will take home 2 dyed silk skeins and 1 cotton scarf you dyed yourself. Many of the natural dyes used are grown in our garden.

Two session daily: 9am – 12pm 1pm – 4pm
Price 480,000 kip (approx $60)

1/2 day natural dyes class

Weaving Classes

1/2 day weaving class

Learn from the masters

Start with an introduction to silks, dyeing and weaving techniques. Each student is assigned a loom — a guide and a weaver will help you learn the art of weaving. Students will select two colours and create a placemat with Lao motifs for your own home.

Two session daily: 9am – 12pm 1pm – 4pm
Price 480,000 kip (approx $60)

1/2 day weaving class

1 day natural dye and weaving class

The full experience

This class starts with a morning of selecting and preparing natural dyes for the 3 coloured skeins each student will make and later take home. After lunch in our Silk Road Café (included in the price) the afternoon will be spent weaving with one of our master weavers. Each student is assigned a loom, a weaver and a guide to assist them in completing their own two-colour placemat.

Daily 9am – 4p
Price 640,000 kip (approx $80), lunch included

1 day natural dye and weaving class

2 day natural dyes & weaving classes

An expanded version of the 1 day class. Start with a natural dyes class and then move on to master the art of ‘kit’ weaving. You will weave your own scarf with traditional Lao motifs.

2 full days: 9am – 4pm
Price: 1,088,000 kip (approx $136), lunch included.

3 day natural dyes & weaving classes

A true weaving master class. This class offers the opportunity for students to explore the techniques used in Ikat weaving. The class involves wrapping the silk and natural dye process of the weft threads, which render the pattern, followed by weaving your own Ikat Scarf (180 cm) to take home.

3 full days: 9am – 4pm
Price: 1,584,000 kip (approx $198), lunch included.

Batik Class

Hmong batik class

Truly unique

The Hmong Batik Class is an introduction to Hmong culture. Each student will create a wax resist, Hmong-style design on hand-loomed hemp. Due to time constraints it is not possible to complete the dye portion of the process. The natural hemp renders a beautiful finished piece. This class can be extended to a full day to create a larger textile piece. Full day price includes Lao-style lunch.

*** Only available Monday through Friday ***
½ day class: two session daily: 9am – 12pm 1pm – 4pm
1 day class: daily 9am – 4pm
½ day price: 480,000 kip (approx $60)
1 day price: 640,000 (approx $80), lunch included

Hmong batik class

Bamboo Weaving Class

Bamboo weaving class

Great for all ages!

Join our master bamboo weaver and learn about the many uses of bamboo in Laos. Half day class students will weave a placemat or traditional fan. This class can be extended to a full day allowing students to weave a small basket.

½ day class: two session daily: 9am – 12pm 1pm – 4pm
1 day class: daily 9am – 4pm
½ day price: 240,000 kip (approx $30)
1 day price: 384,000 (approx $48), lunch included.

Bamboo weaving class

Village Weaver Class

Village Weaver Class

New Starting September 1, 2017

A taste of Laos

An introduction to weaving techniques from a few of the villages that participate in our Village Weaver Project. During this short workshop participants will learn about 3 distinct ethnic groups from Laos and make 3 small crafts to take home.

½ day class: two session daily: 9am – 12pm 1pm – 4pm
1 day class: daily 9am – 4pm
½ day price: 384,000 kip (approx $48)

Village weaving class

Workshops

Tye-Dyed Family class

Our special half-day family dyeing classes includes tie-dyeing a t-shirt using a variety of patterns. Cost is for 1 adult and 1 child (11 and under). Extra adults and children are $40 and $30, respectively. Something different for the entire family to enjoy!

Price: 550,000 kip (approx $70)

Tye-Dyed Family class

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.
Silkworms & Natural Dyes

Combination Classes

1 day natural dye and weaving class

The full experience

This class starts with a morning of selecting and preparing natural dyes for the 3 coloured skeins each student will make and later take home. After lunch in our Silk Road Café (included in the price) the afternoon will be spent weaving with one of our master weavers. Each student is assigned a loom, a weaver and a guide to assist them in completing their own two-colour placemat.

Daily 9am – 4p
Price 640,000 kip (approx $80), lunch included

1 day natural dye and weaving class

2 day natural dyes & weaving classes

An expanded version of the 1 day class. Start with a natural dyes class and then move on to master the art of ‘kit’ weaving. You will weave your own scarf with traditional Lao motifs.

2 full days: 9am – 4pm
Price: 1,088,000 kip (approx $136), lunch included.

3 day natural dyes & weaving classes

A true weaving master class. This class offers the opportunity for students to explore the techniques used in Ikat weaving. The class involves wrapping the silk and natural dye process of the weft threads, which render the pattern, followed by weaving your own Ikat Scarf (180 cm) to take home.

3 full days: 9am – 4pm
Price: 1,584,000 kip (approx $198), lunch included.

Seminar

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
The Silk Road: From Silkworms to Nagas