Dream Big. That’s what eight weavers from Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, Laos, are doing right now. They’re raising funds to travel halfway around the world to attend the Tinkuy, the international gathering of textile artisans sponsored by the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, this November in Peru.
For the past nine years, weavers from the Ock Pop Tok (OPT) team have attended the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. When they returned to Laos, they all remarked how important it is to be part of a global artisan movement and how significant that is to them. It was at the Market when the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco invited them to attend Tinkuy 2017. During Tinkuy’s four-days, artisans and makers, historians and anthropologists, and social enterprises and community leaders will immerse themselves in the past, present, and future of indigenous textile making. The OPT artisans don’t want to miss this rich sharing by the global community.
Tinkuy Dreams Need Fulfilling
You may remember the last Tinkuy in 2013, when we raised funds to bring Mone Jouymany of Ock Pop Tok to Cusco? (here’s the blog) The upshot was when Mone got to Lima, she was turned away due to some paperwork snafu. Can you imagine what it felt like for this young woman who had never left Laos before, to be so excited about sharing her weaving to an international community, and to have to return to Laos? Did that intimidate her from traveling again? Nope. This July, Mone will be a first-time artisan at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe! (And the Laos group has learned exactly what paperwork they need this time so they get to Tinkuy!)
Tinkuy is why these eight women associated with OPT’s Living Crafts Centre and the Village Weavers Projects have launched a fundraising effort. Ock Pop Tok is making prayer flags and dream catchers, as well as making special textiles for a photo exhibit in Luang Prabang, all towards raising funds to get them to Tinkuy. Click here to learn more. To bring international artisans to Tinkuy, airfare alone from Southeast Asia to Peru is about $3000. Can you help these artisans for their once-in-a-lifetime event and to aid in sustaining global artisans? Whether it’s $10 or $1000, all donations are tax deductible.
ClothRoads want to help them even more. Can you contribute to their travel funds? All contributions are tax-deductible through Andean Textile Arts who is a co-sponsor of Tinkuy. Just designate FUND LAOS WEAVERS FOR TINKUY in the comment field. All donations over $100 will receive a special Laos thank-you gift courtesy of ClothRoads and Ock Pop Tok.
May the many threads of life continue to connect us. Thank you for your support.
Learn More About Ock Pop Tok
Ock Pop Tok is a social enterprise working in the fields of textiles and crafts in Laos. They are based in the UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang, and are a founding member of the Lao Fair Trade Group. The philosophy behind Ock Pop Tok is to empower women through their traditional skills, as well as promoting the beauty of Laotian textiles across the globe. Meet these artisans here.