|09:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
Ock Pop Tok is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Ock Pop Tok is special ?
The Ock Pop Tok is a Laos based social enterprise working primarily in the fields of textiles, handicrafts and design. Ock Pop Tok, meaning east meets west, was started in 2000 by a Laotian weaver and an English photographer. Following the principles of fair-trade, this activity aims to advance the artistic, cultural and social development of Lao artisans and increase the appreciation of Lao's diverse textiles and communities through educational activities.
The philosophy behind Ock Pop Tok was and continues to be, to empower women through creating opportunities for their traditional skills and promote Laotian textiles across the globe.
What to explore at Ock Pop Tok?
This is a great introduction to the world of Lao textiles where visitors get to try a bit of everything and dye their own scarf.
Meet the Silkworms – an explanation of the worms’ lives; some interesting facts regarding sericulture; Guests prepare mulberry leaves and feed the worms.
Preparing Natural Dyes – a brief introduction to natural dyes; guests are invited to prepare two dye sources sourced from plants growing in the LCC gardens; guests dye white scarves in their chosen colours.
Refreshments Break: Fruit platters and Lao-style drinks
Meet the Weavers – an introduction to the looms and the different weaving techniques.
Ikat Weaving Demonstration – guests are invited to try weaving and spinning on our demonstration looms.
How to get to Ock Pop Tok?
The best way to get there is by car. You can hire a private car to visit the nice place.
- Hands on experience
- Small Paradise on border of the Mekong
- Great Tour, Great Staff, No Obligation To Buy
- Humbling experience - and great coffee
- Beautiful, Hand Made Silk, Demonstrations and Good Food
73/5, Luang Prabang, Laos
Tips for you
We visited Luang Prabang in July 2015 - I had a spare morning so decided to do a craft class out at the Ok Pop Tok center (ditched the hubby at the Aussie Sports bar). Was collected by remork from the downtown shop and transported out to the center (2kms). I was welcomed with a lovely cup of bael fruit tea and a magnificent view over the Meekong River. I had signed up for the Bamboo Weaving class and was taught by a local Hmong guy. Was able to produce a no too shabby bamboo basket in under three hours. You could choose different coloured bamboo strips(naturally dyed) for your creation and there was an introduction to local bamboo products beforehand. Also an iced tamarind drink was provided -delish. Afterwards you could walk around the property to view the on site artists or stop for some lunch at the cafe. Remork available at any time for the return trip to town. Good morning out- something for everyone!!