Traditional Silk Weaving Class

  • Destinations: Vientiane
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Type: Daytrips

In this class you can learn how to dye textiles using natural pigments and then weave them on a traditional loom at the Houay Hong Vocational Training Center for Women. The NGO group, run by a Lao-Japanese woman, established this center north of Vientiane to train disadvantaged rural women in the dying art of natural dyeing and traditional silk-weaving practices. Visitors can look for free or partake in the dying process. You keep the fruits of your labour.

Lao textiles are internationally renowed for their quality and patterns. Recently international designers have discovered this and started working with Lao textile motives and materials. A well known example is American designer Carol Cassidy.