Weaving with Village Seamstress

Traditional Lao Scarves

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$33.00 per guest
Hosted by Lae Chanthavilai

Highlights

  • Experience weaving with a seamstress in a weaving village few tourists visit
  • Try out using traditional weaving looms and thread spinning wheels
  • Customize your own creation and bring home a scarf made by yourself

Inclusive of:

  • Entire half day experience and all tools and materials you need
  • Making of 70cm soft cotton scarf (Longer sizes and other materials available in add-ons section)
  • English Speaking Facilitator
  • Pickup & Dropoff service by tuktuk from your hotel

Not Inclusive of:

  • Additional purchases
  • Food & Water
4.8 Out of 5
60 Reviews
Monya Hess Germany
5
9 May, 2019

Everyone was super nice and helpful, the weaving was a lot of fun and the scarf turned out great!

Jenny Green
5
9 Feb, 2019

Both the host (Lae) and the guide were excellent, Lae was patient and a great teacher, we were able to finish our scarfs...

$US 33.00 per guest
4 hours
1 - 3 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Weaving is one of Lao's most traditional skills that is practised by Lao women, and almost all Lao women can weave. Lao weavers are known for producing intricate fabric in Home-spun silk and cotton most notably. there are a lot of types of weaving in Laos and some of the best silk weaving would be of the Tai Daeng and Tai Dum ethnic group - both from the Northern Laos. There is still a widely held belief in the villages that the better at weaving a lady is, the better a wife she would make! That is also a key reason why most Lao women can weave. The level of skill is judged by the sophistication of the patterns within, and you can choose your own difficulty level when you try it out! Plain weaving is pretty simple and while the weaving loom looks monstrously complex, you'll get the hang of it within 10minutes! Options: You can choose to weave a 70cm mini soft cotton scarf with a simple pattern or just add $5 for a massive 170cm scarf. Note: Your instructor will let you choose a range of patterns to weave. If you are unable to finish in 5 hours, your host will complete it on your behalf and send it to your guest house within 1 day. If you would like more difficult patterns than the ones presented to you, you can purchase the full day add-on as it takes significantly more time. The basic price includes is the weaving of soft cotton scarves you see at the night market. For Silk scarves, please select the silk add-on. As silk is more delicate and harder to master, it is recommended that only those with prior weaving experience select the silk option, so as to ensure you have a great experience. Note: Bring your own drinking water Mosquito cream if it's rainy season (Rainy season is from May to mid October)

Additional Information:

  • Pick up will be via a tuktuk
  • Journey time from Luang Prabang to the weaving village is around 10-20mins
  • There will be other people on the same experience
  • Bring a raincoat or umbrella if it's rainy season (May to Oct)
  • If you are unable to finish the scarf in the stipulated duration, the seamstress will assist you to finish it and send it to your hotel at no extra cost

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Lae Chanthavilai

Ms Lae learnt weaving from her mother since she was 10 years old. A skill passed down for generations in her family, she has continued the tradition with great passion. Everyday she churns out beautiful silk produc...

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60 reviews from people who took this experience

Monya Hess Germany
5
9 May, 2019

Everyone was super nice and helpful, the weaving was a lot of fun and the scarf turned out great!

Jenny Green
5
9 Feb, 2019

Both the host (Lae) and the guide were excellent, Lae was patient and a great teacher, we were able to finish our scarfs in time and I think that had a lot to do with her help! Would definitely go book another tour or class through this company

Tania Henderson
5
4 Feb, 2019

I had an excellent time and really enjoyed learning to weave.

US$ 33.00 per guest
60 Reviews