Southeast Asia 2015 – Weavers in Luang Prabang

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.

Weaver at Ock Pop Tok. Notice the open shed and different colors inserted for just one pick.

This weaver is winding the silk on the bobbin

This weaver is winding the silk on to the bobbin

Weaver at Ock Pop Tok

Each loom has a pre-design pattern in front of the weaver. She slides the pattern up or down, one string at a time, to find the shed. Then she weave one pick, using many different weft colors, through the shed.

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.

Laos silk weaving. Each pick requires hand manipulation of different colors in each section.

Laos silk weaving. Each pick requires hand manipulation of different colors in each section.

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.

Students learn weaving using a pre-designed Naga pattern. The wrong side of the fabric is up facing the weaver.

Students learn weaving using a pre-designed Naga pattern. The wrong side of the fabric is up facing the weaver.

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