Our Impact

 

16 Years

Ock Pop Tok started small — with five weavers and a handful of friends hoping to have fun and channel their creative energy. Now, we’re proud to say that we’ve grown into a company built on shared values (link) and a common mission.

400 Artisans

What started with five weavers has grown to working with more than 400 artisans through Laos. With our growth has come the chance to help support and foster artisans throughout this beautiful country. We’ve been able to provide full and part time jobs to women in Luang Prabang — more than 25 Master Weavers at the Living Crafts Centre and an additional 30 or so from nearby villages.

Our artisans who are full time team members are entitled to interest-free loans, bonuses paid as share of the profit and opportunities to travel abroad to act as ambassadors for Laos and weaving culture. Ock Pop Tok covers all costs of supplies, looms and maintenance.

For many women, weaving is only something they can work on in free time. Our goal has been to find a way to make it a sustainable source of income for as many women as possible.

50% of revenue back to Village Weaver Projects

Partnerships built through the Village Weaver Projects allow us to truly show visitors a taste of cultures and traditions from throughout this diverse country. With 49 recognized ethinic groups, we work with women in 11 provinces in Laos.

“The Ock Pop Tok (which means “East meets West” in Lao) initiative provides livelihoods for hundreds of artisans in and around Luang Prabang. A team of designers assists the artisans, showing them how to make a better living from their skills, and the shop is one of the best places in Luang Prabang for handmade textiles such as ikat scarves and Hmong tribe batik fabric.”
BBC: Weaving a New Future in Laos