I've just returned from the beautiful Laos, the best description for this gorgeous country, its friendly people, amazing architecture and stunning temples is .... lovely.
Everyone that visits here for the first time is always amazed at just how different it is from other countries in South East Asia. From the lack of traffic to the ease of bargaining and the genuine kindness of its people, Laos is definitely a place to see before the rest of the world discovers this tranquil oasis.
HOUEY HONG WEAVING CENTRE
We also spent a morning at the fabulous Houey Hong Weaving Centre. I first visited the centre back in 2007 and am pleased to report that 10 years on they are still going strong and offering more fantastic classes and producing some of the most beautiful weaving you will see in all of Lao. Established to provide various skill levels, in weaving, dyeing and tailoring for women from rural areas who are disadvantaged, poor and/or who have a disability the centre is also an important player in the revival of Lao’s traditional crafts, such as natural dyeing and traditional weaving.
We took the half day natural dyes class which focusses on using shibori dyeing techniques which was great fun. I look forward to going back again and trying out some of its other classes on offer!
I started running my textile focussed tours back in 2007. Over the years I've seen some of the most gorgeous textiles made by the most gorgeous women. This blog is a reflection on some of these