- See first-hand the traditional silk weaving process
- Spend time with local artisans
- Learn to weave on a loom and take home your own creation
- Duration: 3 hours
- Minimum number of participants is 1 and the maximum is 6
Weaving silk is a craft perfected over the centuries and countries like Thailand, Cambodia and Laos have a strong tradition in this. The process from mulberry bush to cocoon, to silk thread to finished product is an intense labor of love. Working with our Lao artisans, you will discover the beauty of our raw materials and the secrets of our textile techniques.
The Half Day Weaving Class is an introduction to weaving on a traditional Lao loom. You will be assigned a loom and a guide and a weaver to help you learn the art of weaving. You will select two colors and create a placemat-sized piece with a Lao motif.
Don’t worry, no previous experience is necessary, and you will definitely leave with a truly unique souvenir.
You have the option to take a morning class from 9:00 – 12:00 or the afternoon class from 13:00 – 16:00.
- Guidance from expert weavers and English-speaking assistance
- Your own woven piece to take home
Weaving is traditionally considered women's work but it has not historically been economically viable as a career option. However, this centre is built upon the principles of fair trade and sustainable development. Today it provides employment for twenty full-time staff weavers, and as you take part in a class, you will have the opportunity to sit with and get to know some of them. More than fifty women are also employed as part of the wider fabric-related programmes of the facility. By taking part in a class, you are helping these women to provide income for themselves and their families - as well as learning a culturally significant skill of the Laotian people.
* In general the groups are not larger than 6 people, but sometimes we can make an exception.More information