Weaving, Bamboo Loom Setup

The Katu's Lightweight Bamboo Loom Technique

$48.75 per guest
1 - 3 guests 4 hours


  • Experience weaving on a home-made bamboo loom
  • Bring home your self-made product at the end
  • Learn various techniques you can use to make a variety of products through weaving
  • Work with a weaver with years of experience

Inclusive of:

  • Entire experience and all tools and materials you need
  • A self-weaved headband that you make and bring home
  • A traditional Lao meal prepared by your host

Not Inclusive of:

  • Drinks and Food
5 Out of 5
9 Reviews
Carolyn Hopkins United Kingdom
21 Aug, 2019

This was the loveliest of mornings spent at The Weaving Sisters! The girls are gentle, funny, patient and kind. Their En...

Kako Yokoi Japan
20 Jul, 2019

KATU族の特徴的なビーズを織り込んだ織物を 国際的に知られた手織り職人モンさんに直接教えてもらえる貴重な機会です。輪状式の腰機(こしばた)にすでに少し織りかけになっている中から好きなものを選ぶと まずはデモンストレーション。次に自分の腰に...

$US 48.75 per guest
4 hours
1 - 3 guests
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

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

More About This Experience

Come and learn traditional glass bead weaving with two Sisters from the Katu tribe. The Katu people are one of the many ethnic groups that make up Laos' cultural mosaic, and their weaving technique is truly unique. Glass bead weaving and smaller, lightweight bamboo looms are two elements that set Katu weaving apart. We want to share our passion for weaving, and spread this unique artisanal tradition to others. This craft has been passed down from generation to generation and we want to keep it alive. We offer a variety of classes for people to make their own personal traditional Lao souvenir. You can: - learn to weave your own headband - learn to weave your own necklace or bookmark - enjoy a yummy traditional Lao dinner! The base price includes a headband. OPTIONAL: You can learn how to set up the bamboo loom and bring home a set to bring home and practice your weaving skills ( 3 hours). Simply select the add-on below.

Additional Information:

  • There is no pickup available for this experience. Meeting Point is across the bamboo bridge (Near Dyen Sabai restaurant) where there are signs directing you to 'Weaving Sisters')
  • There might be other people on the same experience
  • Bring your own water
  • You can also buy a set of portable looms to bring home (Include it in your booking via the add-ons section)
  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time

Upcoming availability

Sunday, September 22
Monday, September 23
Tuesday, September 24

Your Local Host

The Weaving Sisters

We are happy, easygoing and curious girls from southern Laos who came to Luang Prabang to retain our tribe's (Katu) unique weaving style on the bamboo loom.

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9 reviews from people who took this experience

Carolyn Hopkins United Kingdom
21 Aug, 2019

This was the loveliest of mornings spent at The Weaving Sisters! The girls are gentle, funny, patient and kind. Their English is great but they still love learning new words (‘wobbly’ was embraced!) The weaving technique felt really tricky to start with but we all mastered it with expert guidance and settled into a wonderful mindful rhythm- fabulously rewarding and very peaceful.

Kako Yokoi Japan
20 Jul, 2019

KATU族の特徴的なビーズを織り込んだ織物を 国際的に知られた手織り職人モンさんに直接教えてもらえる貴重な機会です。輪状式の腰機(こしばた)にすでに少し織りかけになっている中から好きなものを選ぶと まずはデモンストレーション。次に自分の腰にセットしてもらい 隣で「テンション(突っ張って)」、「ルース(弛めて)」とシンプルな単語を使って付きっきりで(姉妹なので妹さんが対応することも)見てくれるので安心です それでもかなり間違えましたが。 腰機をやってみたいと思っていたので夢が叶いました。 姉妹+姪っ子2人と女性ばかりで楽しい雰囲気。一族が織った作品が所狭しと飾ってあり購入も可。(もちろん市価の1/5〜1/10くらいで分けていただけます)休憩時間はお茶にフルーツのサービス、そして帰りは宿まで送ってもらうこともできるので遅くなっても安心です

Katherine Culver United States
22 Sep, 2018

The Weaving Sisters' class was the standout of my week-long trip to Luang Prabang. As a textile lover, learning to weave added a new dimension to my appreciation of the art, plus it was great to try out a skill I can't easily learn back at home in the U.S. I also had a lovely belt to take back as a souvenir. The Sisters (Mone and Doi) were great teachers and I very much enjoyed getting to know them. I can't wait to visit again and take another class!

Kim S Thailand
10 Sep, 2018

Mone and Doi are "The Weaving Sisters" and are two of the loveliest, caring, talented and friendly girls you will meet in Lao. Their skills with foot loom weaving and the processes involved with this (from dyeing the cotton, to stringing the looms and creating intricate weaving patterns) are outstanding. Not only that, they are amazingly patient teachers passing on their skills to novices and making the process a fun and positive learning experience. I really recommend that if you are in Luang Prabang and have the opportunity to do just a couple of things book this course! What I love most about doing weaving is that while you are learning you almost always end up spending a lot of that time with other customers and the girls learning about each others cultures and swapping stories and experiences. A really authentic chance to chat and learn in an informal environment that can be adapted to make it best for you. They are currently located in their house outside of the main LP town. Print out a map with the location if you are going to take a tuk tuk as the drivers may not be familiar. This was the highlight of my trip. I now have two new "Lao sisters" who I can't wait to meet again at some time in the future. Thanks Mone and Doi!

Anna Winskill New Zealand
27 Sep, 2015

Fantastic time with the sisters. Came away with a bracelet I love, and a new skill that I can practice at home. Unfortunately I was very late to their place as the Tuk Tuk driver took me to the wrong place, but they were very accommodating and waved us down when we finally got to the right area. My only suggestion is that maybe transport can be provided as an optional extra for people like myself who aren't very confident with directions! Overall a wonderful experience that I highly recommend for those interested in Weaving and meeting two gracious Lao women.

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