Ock Pop Tok
We offer you a discovery of the Silk Weaving Center (Ock Pop Tok) in your tour in Laos since this place keeps its weaving tradition very well and can absolutely interest you.
This center is next to the Mekong riverside, just 2km in tuk-tuk towards the south of Luang Prabang. Established in 2002 by a Laotian woman, Veomanee Douangdala and an English woman Joanna Smith for the purpose of protecting the Laotian tradition. Ock Pop Tok was initially a small shop selling only certain models.
To this day, it has become one of the most important textile centers in Laos and Southeast Asia. Ock Pop Tok means in Laotian "East meets West" offering weaving courses from one day to three days to teach young artists. This helps them to upgrade their technical skills and improve the quality of life. It is therefore possible to participate if you want.
Ock Pop Tok provides high quality and reasonably priced silk handicraft products, for example: scarves, bags, and pillows. In particular, the Ikat scarf is quite well known for its beauty. It makes use of the H’mong people's figured material.
Some traditional weaving products in association with the technique of Laotian and Thai artists are rather loved. They can be chosen as a dowry in traditional marriage in Laos.
Working conditions are perfect. Employees are paid about 4 times higher than the average salary in Laos. That is why they are so strongly attached to this career.
While visiting this center, you will learn a lot about the manufacturing process of Laotian textile products. There are also restaurants, coffee shop, villas out there for tourists.