From the different colours of silk to the “outstanding and very impressive” patterns, Mrs. Panee likes to show visitors the supplementary technique called “chok”.

Having learned to weave when she was only 9 years old, she hopes the tradition will continue. Mrs. Panee appreciates learning from the other women all working at Ock Pop Tok and exchanging skills. Through the work she is able to support her family and two children.

She wants people especially future generations, to know how important weaving is to her culture. “Lao women have woven incredible textiles in the past and we need to keep this tradition alive,” she says.

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