This handmade Laotian elephant will dance into your heart.
The wild population of elephants in Laos is around 600 and declining rapidly. Survival of the species in the wild is seriously endangered by loss of natural habitat (human expansion, farming, the logging industry and industrial infrastructure i.e. dams and roads). Shrinking habitable space is leading to direct competition between humans and elephants, which often ends up in tragedy.
These fine elephants were woven and sewn by skilled artisans at the Living Crafts Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos. The Centre is part of Ock Pop Tok, whose mission is to support traditional Lao crafts and to provide economic opportunities for the artists.