If You’re Heading To…Laos

  • 26th January 2014

If you are heading to Laos, Ock Pop Tok cannot be missed.  In Luang Prabang, off of the coast of the Mekong River, the ‘Living Arts Center,’ and the accompanying store in town are both a treat for the eyes and pretty easy on your wallet.

 

 

Antique Hmong Skirt in Ock Pop Tok, Luang Prabang

Antique Hmong Skirt in Ock Pop Tok, Luang Prabang

 

 

 

The Living Arts Center Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, Laos

The Living Arts Center Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, Laos

 

 

 

The store features all Lao-based textiles, handicrafts and design with richly textured accordion style skirts and luminous, bright silky scarves.

 

 

 

Scarves on display at Ock Pop Tok.

Scarves on display at Ock Pop Tok.

 

 

Ock Pop Tok offers mostly the work of local women artisans who have been trained in remote areas of the country in natural dyeing and weaving.  One of their signature patterns is the Chess Scarf, intermixing gossamer squares with silky squares.

 

 

Red Chess Scarf

Red Chess Scarf

 

 

Chess Scarf, ockpoptok.com, $55.00

 

 

Also a true best-seller and perfect paired with a solid t-shirt and blazer this spring, is their Harry Potter scarf featuring shimmery nautical stripes.

 

 

Harry Potter Red and White Striped Scarf at Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang.

Harry Potter Red and White Striped Scarf at Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang.

 

 

Harry Potter Scarf, ockpoptok.com, $33.00

 

 

Conveniently located in the center of the city, Ock Pop Tok is a must when visiting Luang Prabang, Laos.  Take your time to wander through the two floors and discover hidden treasures all over.

 

 

Ock Pop Tok storefront

Ock Pop Tok storefront

 

 

One of our favorites is this open weave, multi-colored light-as-air silk scarf.

 

Scarf from Ock Pop Tok
Scarf from Ock Pop Tok

 

 

 

 

 

 

Longer shawls and housewares like table and bed runners are distinct and easy to carry back home.

 

 

 

 

Table Runner at Ock Pop Tok

 

 

 

Ock Pop Tok Luang Prabang

 

 

The traditional Antique Hmong Skirts are truly one-of-a-kind and made from hemp harvested by women in the fields.  It can take up to 5 months to design the batik pattern for each of these traditional skirts.

 

 

Antique Hmong Skirt at Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang

Antique Hmong Skirt at Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang

 

 

Cloth for these skirts is often dyed up to 30 times.  Women typically make one skirt every year for the Hmong New Year celebration.

 

Antique Hmong Skirt, ockpoptok.com, $95.00

 

 

Ock Pop Tok

73/5 Ban Vat Nong

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR
Telephone: +856 (071) 253 219
Hours are 8am to 8pm

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