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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

From Silk to Art: Shops and Galleries in Luang Prabang

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Luang Prabang is "the best place in Laos to find the country’s remarkable textile treasures" according to

Anakha (The Blue House): Anakha fuses French design with elegant Laotian and Indochina textiles. Founder Veronique Cottereau-PravinAnakha is inspired by her creative designer love of hand-made textiles, nurtured while living in Vietnam for many years. The house was built in late 1920’s by Maohui Yun, who was born in Hainan (China). After living in Hanoi, Vietnam, he went to Lao after the First World War. Inspired by the colonial style that he observed in Hanoi, he built this French style house in Luang Prabang. A flux of people from Hainan, young or old, followed his steps later. They stayed at the house until they found places to live.

Galerie Asiama:
Alain Menoni presents antiques, ethnic objects and curiosities mainly from the Asian continent. Linda S. McIntosh has brought together textile collections from South East Asia and neighboring countries. See Asiama on Facebook.

Camacrafts: Above JoMa Bakery. Handicrafts from Hmong and Lao village women.

Lifescene wallhanging from Camacrafts. The Lifescene contains images of Hmong and Lao life that are embroidered onto “story cloth”. Each wallhanging is a unique original. There are no patterns. The artists stich the scenes from their life experience.

Caruso Lao: Sakarine Road. Caruso Lao's carvers, turners, silversmiths and weavers transform the natural treasures of Laos into handcrafted furnishings and fashion accessories.

Fibre2Fabric Gallery: Fibre2Fabric Gallery is a non-profit exhibition space in Luang Prabang dedicated to documenting and exhibiting textiles from the Lao Textile Heritage Collection.

Kopnoi: Near l'étranger books and tea and on Sisavangvong Street in front of primary school. Eco-dyed cotton apparel collection for men, women & kids. Also silk apparel & accessories, designer jewelry, spices and delicacies.

Naga Creations: Handmade jewelry from silver and gem stones.

Ock Pop Tok. Ock Pop Tok is the Lao translation for east meets west: Laotian weaver Veomanee Duangdala and English photographer Joanna Smith have set up the company to promote Lao textiles. Today Ock Pop Tok works together with around 500 women in villages in Laos. Their main center lies outside the old town at the Mekong River. You can visit the flagship store, the textile production, classes in weaving and dying and have a meal at their Silk Road Cafe. Exhibitions are shown at the Fibre2Fabric gallery. They even have a guesthouse at the centre where you can stay, The Mekong Villa. On the main road in Luang Prabang you find the Boutique shop and the Ock Pop Tok Heritage shop with articles from the Village all over Laos.

Ma Te Sai: Sisavangvong Road. This shop is about ethnic handicrafts. You get souvenirs made from bamboo, fabric, recycled paper and other natural materials. Herbal tea, coffee, local whiskey and rice can be found here as well.

Passa Paa Boutique & Textile Studio: Heather Smith, managing a textile design studio in London UK, saw the opportunity to mix two worlds and develop textiles that could provide a sustainable market for the skills of Hmong artisans. In 2016 Heather teamed up with her long time friend Hongkham Xiong ‘Pok’, a local Lao/Hmong entrepreneur and Hmong craft enthusiast, and together they have evolved Passa Paa into a thriving studio team of in-house makers where they work in collaboration with a number of Hmong families within Luang Prabang province. Passa Paa is a textile studio that merges traditional Hmong handicraft skills with a modern print aesthetic.

Queen Design Lao: Hand-woven linen, silk and cotton dresses, skirts. Beside pashminas and scarves, organic face scrubs and wood glasses are sold here.

Samsara Restaurant & Gallery:

Satri Lao: Sisavangvong Road. Silks, jewellery, home furnishing.

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (Taec): The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre works together with over 600 handicraft producers. They are dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the traditional arts and lifestyles of the diverse ethnic groups of Laos. Le Patio Café is part of the centre. They have another shop at Sakkaline Road.

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