Posts Tagged ‘Ock Pop Tok’

Jan 19

Textile Travel Escape to Laos

What’s your response to receiving an email like this: “Last-minute offer—escape to textile heaven in Laos”? I immediately think: textile travel, peaceful and beautifully-lush country, more textile buying opportunities, visits with friends. I dash a quick reply to Narelle Grudgfield of 2World Textile Tours and asked for the itinerary.→ Read more

Mar 24

Hemp: An Ancient Fiber for a Sustainable Future

Hemp is an ancient plant that protects the environment and provides fiber for soft durable fabric. A fiber from the Cannibis plant,  it is believed to be one of the oldest domesticated crops. It builds soil, resists insects and requires a minimum of water. Anthropologists maintain that throughout history, hemp→ Read more

Feb 18

A Wax-Resist, Indigo Hemp Cloth: A Tradition in Laos

When I first spotted Ms. Mai Suxiong, the oldest practicing Blue Hmong batik artist in Luang Prabang, Laos, she was dressed in a simple sarong and carried a roll of handwoven hemp cloth. She gently stepped down the stone-covered path toward a covered hut along the Mekong River, ready to→ Read more

Jul 09

Natural Dyes: Lac

Our summer of naturally-dyed reds continues with an investigation of another scale insect. Let’s follow the trail of natural dyes to lac in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Thailand and Laos.→ Read more

Jul 24

The Splendors of the Santa Fe Folk Art Market

Last week we returned from the yearly “pilgrimage” to the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. This year’s market felt especially fresh, mostly attributable to a third of the artisans being first-timers which meant new textile treats and new friends. Imagine these new artisans being in the U.S. for the first→ Read more

Oct 05

From Laos to Peru: A Young Global Artisan Has Weaving Dreams

Do you remember the first time you traveled outside of your state, never mind out of your country or halfway around the world? Or when you attended your first weaving conference and met your “tribe” of other weavers? What about doing both and being only 20 years of age? Let→ Read more

Sep 26

When Not Just Any Handwoven Towel Will Do, Go Organic

I’ve been on a slow journey to replace many household items with artisan-made ones. At the top of the list, are the functional textiles because they’re used daily. My husband, who does most of the cooking, likes to have dish towels ready to grab no matter where he is in→ Read more

Sep 12

Scarf of the Month: Naturally Dyed Weft Ikat from Laos

In last week’s blog, I introduced you to the various types of ikat. Admittedly, ikat has intrigued me since college when, without really understanding its complexity, I registered for an independent study in ikat. Without any direction, other than a few books available at the time, I figured out a→ Read more

May 09

ClothRoads Scarf of the Month: Traveling Blocks in Weaving

What better combination is there than naturally-dyed silk and a simple weaving structure? If you’ve been following my ClothRoads scarf of the month, you’ve probably noticed a trend—I like simple, yet intriguing, hand woven structures. Ones that beg for a closer look to decipher how a weaver uses a traditional→ Read more

Jul 27

A Look Back at Santa Fe Folk Art Festival 2012

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