LAO LOOM LOVE

With their combinations of rich colours, lustrous materials, intricate geometric patterning and the extraordinary skill required to make them, I've never met a traditional Lao textile I didn't like. So it is wonderful to see these techniques being revived and brought to an international market after decades of abandonment, and four companies doing just this with aplomb are Ock Pop Tok, Mulberries, Above the Fray and Laos Essential Artistry (Got Laos). All four work closely with weavers from across the region's ethnic groups to bring the craft out of the domestic sphere and into the international marketplace as a means both of sustaining the many ancient techniques involved in Lao textile production, and of promoting Lao cultural and economic revival.

The results of such a depth of tradition, technique and refined aesthetic combined with modern sensibilities are truly stunning and speak for themselves!

OCK POP TOK

Ock Pop Tok is available to buy from their online market.

MULBERRIES

Mulberries is available at DARA Artisans and through their own website.

ABOVE THE FRAY

Above the Fray is available at DARA Artisans and through their own website.

LAOS ESSENTIAL ARTISTRY

Laos Essential Artistry is available at DARA Artisans and from their website.

DARA Artisans also carries an exclusive line of Lao textiles and offers this beautiful lookbook for more inspiration.

All images courtesy of websites mentioned.