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It was a most enjoyable experience from beginning to end. We were picked up at the conveniently located central boutique...
The demonstrations site is great and a delightful way to while away a day learning new skills and chatting with the staf...
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The Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre is where the fascinating world of Lao textiles comes alive! Set in the grounds of a stunning tropical garden on the Mekong, it's the perfect place to learn more about this uniqu...More about the host
It was a most enjoyable experience from beginning to end. We were picked up at the conveniently located central boutique in a colourful and comfortable tuk tuk to take us on a journey to the Centre / this was enjoyable as you got to see the other part of town and everyday life. At the Center - we were welcomed and shown around the various workshops and learnt much about the basics of the crafts - amazing what nature can give us. The charming campus overlooks the majestic Mekong and makes for a nice calming classroom. Our teacher for the bamboo was Oun, a young man from the Khmu ethnic group who learnt his skills from his dad. He was very patient and guided us throughout our class on how to handle bamboo. An added bonus was to hear about the history and culture of his village and also about life for young people in the city. He is very fluent in English and good at conversation. If it rains - it’s even more amazing as you get a dramatic panorama of the Mekong in changing light. It was very rewarding to learn to make and complete something with your hands and also it was a meditative experience as you had to focus on your hands. We were very relaxed at the end and treated ourselves to a nice drink and snack at the in house cafe. Good experience that combines doing good and feeling good and experiencing an insight into local life.
The demonstrations site is great and a delightful way to while away a day learning new skills and chatting with the staff in this beautiful compound. My partner had wanted to do basket weaving in Sydney but kept missing out on courses so we loved being able to have this opportuntiy to learn this craft and experience whilst sitting by the side of the Mekong. It was so good I went back the next day and did the natural dye making course. Another highlight of my trip
Many years ago I completed a 2 day silk natural dyeing and weaving class here and at the end had a fantastic 2 m long silk scarf that many friends can't believe I made - well I did have excellent guidance and help! This time I decided to have a go at a 1/2 day Basket Weaving Class. I got the free Tuk Tuk from the Shop in Town early so that I could have lunch in the Cafe before the class. It was a great Green Pawpaw salad and the location of the Cafe overlooking the Mekong is a plus. The female staff were very amused to hear a woman was learning Basket Weaving as it turns out this is a job for the men of the village. They made me promise to come back and show the results. My teacher was a Hmong man, Doua, and he patiently guided me in the skills of weaving a bamboo basket 12cm high x 12 wide - with a square base but then round sides - in a blue and white pattern of my design. As I was the only student that day we finished early, so Doua then showed me how to make decorative bamboo birds. It was a fun afternoon - and the ladies in the Cafe (and the staff of my GH) were very impressed with my efforts!