Ock Pop Tok, Laos

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910Ock Pop Tok’s textiles are noteworthy for several reasons. We use Lao silk, which to this day is not mechanized in this country. Lao silk offers unique textural quality and absorbs natural dyes readily.

Ock Pop Tok also uses over 50% natural dyes in all our textiles. An on-site dyeing workshop, under the guidance of a master dyer, helps ensure that our textiles and colours are natural and vibrant. And, by working with artisans throughout Laos, Ock Pop Tok’s collections represent the diversity of textiles crafts in the country.

What measurable impact has Ock Pop Tok made on the local environment, in which it operates? What difference has it made to the lives of the local population and community?

Ock Pop Tok has become an iconic part of Laos’ weaving and artisan culture. With 15 years of operation, OPT has featured heritage designs, raised the profile of Lao textiles worldwide, and cultivated the skill of weaving amongst new generations. On top of the positive impact of our business operations, OPT has a number of corporate responsibility initiatives that it supports.

Our most notable is our Village Weaver Projects which works in conjunction with the Lao National Tourism Administration, development agencies, and the Lao Women’s Union.

We train artisans from remote areas in refresher natural dyes and weaving skills, product design, and business related skills. Craftsmanship and tradition are combined with artistic creativity and market knowledge. Village based production alleviates poverty and brings a steady flow of income into the villages.

15 years of operation, OPT has featured heritage designs, raised the profile of Lao textiles worldwide, and cultivated the skill of weaving amongst new generations. On top of the positive impact of our business operations, OPT has a number of corporate responsibility initiatives that it supports.

Our most notable is our Village Weaver Projects which works in conjunction with the Lao National Tourism Administration, development agencies, and the Lao Women’s Union.

We train artisans from remote areas in refresher natural dyes and weaving skills, product design, and business related skills. Craftsmanship and tradition are combined with artistic creativity and market knowledge. Village based production alleviates poverty and brings a steady flow of income into the villages.

Our East Meets West Fund facilitates the further education of Luang Prabang based men and women. This fund was set up to help bridge the gap working with selected schools and colleges to jointly choose appropriate classes for the individuals to attend. We pay directly to the school and receive attendance reports from the administration that we share with our donors.

In 2006, Ock Pop Tok established Fibre2Fabric, a registered charity whose mission is to collect, preserve and document heritage textiles in Laos. Our Lao Heritage Textile Collection is a way to explore and explain Lao culture. The gallery is located above our Silk Road Café and is free to visit. It is dedicated to documenting, exhibiting, and upholding the social role of tradition of textiles in Lao. It is one of the largest private collections of antique textiles in Laos and part of our mission to preserve the regional textile heritage.