Lao-Tai weavers introduce patterns into their weaving in several ways, one of which is by inserting extra weft yarns after each pick of ground weave.
I saw this impressive piece covered in sihos (mythical lion-elephant creatures) pregnant with double-headed nagas (protective river serpents) and carrying their young and a frogman (or perhaps an ancestor spirit) on their backs at Phaeng Mai Gallery in Vientiane. Continue reading
When I was volunteering at Ock Pop Tok in 2011-12, I used to sometimes take a break to visit Mon and watch her weave beaded patterns on her Katu backstrap loom. Continue reading
I was very impressed with the standard of weaving I found when I visited the Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women. Continue reading
Laos is home to a large number of ethnic groups, many of whom still wear all or part of their colourful traditional dress, especially for festivals or weddings.
I came across this magnificent piece at Nikone Gallery in Vientiane. Continue reading
I spent a whole morning wandering around Sam Tai village, looking at work on looms, greeting groups of women and being shown their completed weaving. Continue reading
Muang Vaen is a beautifully situated village 2 hours along an unsealed side road from Ban Don with a reputation for very fine weaving. Continue reading
Reaching the playing fields in Sam Tai town, I realised this was a Hmong town, as the New Year courting game was in full swing. Continue reading