Step into the world of Lao textiles to learn about their production and cultural significance. On the banks of the Mekong River, discover the methodology that has been used to dye and weave exquisite fabrics for centuries. Join local weavers for a hands-on course, resulting in one-of-a-kind, handmade souvenirs.
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Before delving into the production of Luang Prabang textiles, it is best to first understand the significance of them in the Lao culture. One of the artisans will share her personal stories of how textiles have played a part in her family’s life, from special religious celebrations to daily usage.
Then start from the beginning by visiting the silkworm farm to learn about the various types of silk made in Lao. Next it is time to dye the silks. Unlike modern factories, the entire process in Lao is organic. Use natural ingredients, many of which are grown on site, to create handmade dyes. Soak silk swatches in the dyes and watch as the vibrant colours reveal themselves.
At midday, break for a delicious lunch of Lao dishes served alongside the Mekong River.
The afternoon is spent learning and practicing Lao weaving techniques. Study the various patterns used in Lao textiles, many of which originated hundreds of years ago. Select a favourite pattern and colours and, under the watchful eye of an expert, weave a small sample cloth on a traditional loom.
As the day comes to a close, return to town equipped with handmade souvenirs and an intimate knowledge of the creation of Lao textiles. (L)
Our services include:
– Private transfers from, to your hotel by air conditioned vehicle
– Shared English speaking guide at ock pop tock
– Meals as indicated
– All entrance fees as mentioned
– All permissions and local taxes
Our services do not include:
– Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime
– Personal travel insurance
– Personal expenses (tips, souvenirs etc)
– Meals other than those mentioned above
– Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above
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