I took a Laos weaving class in Vientiane a few years ago and was completely clueless. The instructor kept shooing my hands and jumped in any moment to save myself from making mistakes. I’m please to say this time in Luang Prabang, the process makes sense to me and I love every moment of it. Thanks to the master weavers at Ock Pop Tok.
As a photographer, one must blend in the crow to take candid shots. Good thing, I look very Laotian and after a few days hanging out with the women, I was on all over the shop, trying to be as conspicuous as possible.
The work is painstakingly slow because of different colors in each section. The silk thread is extremely fine and require good eye sight and deft fingers.
As for me, I wrote this scarf using just one color for the warp and another color for the weft. The silk for the weft was hand dyed by yours truly from the previous day.