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Lao Textiles

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Lao Textiles

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MomsABeachBum wrote a review Apr 2020
Maryland,77 contributions109 helpful votes
If you are at all interested in the culture and crafts of Lao, then Lao Textile is a must see. Carol Cassidy’s factory produces high quality textiles in both modern and traditional designs. The factory is located in a lovely French colonial villa. It is a fascinating treat to see all stages of the process from washing and drying the silks to, weaving the fabrics and then, of course, the beautiful finished products. We were mesmerized watching these skilled workers create such beautiful fabrics. We were fortunate enough to meet Ms. Cassidy. And, it was a pleasure to hear her talk about not only the weaving and design processes, but the country as a whole. The visit to Lao Textiles was one of the highlights of our time in Vientiane.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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DLLum wrote a review Apr 2020
Denver, Colorado1 contribution
This place is a must if you are interested and love handicrafts. Don't go expecting cheap prices. Each piece here is a work of art. . Prices reflect the energy and time that is put in a piece of work.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Lor6969 wrote a review Mar 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom210 contributions20 helpful votes
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Lovely visit and a good tour. It was nice to meet Carol and learn more about her life story and the great work she do in the community
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Date of experience: October 2019
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milliesmum2016 wrote a review Feb 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand1,800 contributions246 helpful votes
In a beautiful French Colonial villa surrounded by a rambly garden with an intersting veteran car in it, you will find Carol Cassidy amid her beautiful silks. Lao textiles, speaking generally, are truly gorgeous and opulent and to be found throughout the country in markets and specialist shops and galleries. They are all lovely and highly priced. Lao Textiles, the business, provides superlative quality and a marvellous variety. There is a large range available, from large wall hangings and throws in very traditional patterns, through to the most lustrous and beautiful squarves and shawls in a variety of sizes, textures and weaves. They're all expensive. But if you've seen the labourious processes involved in producing these pieces, you will understand why. The weaving work room is on site and you can visit it and see the women working. Or you can just peep in through the window to the rear of the showroom. In the end I didn't buy silks but I did find some of those handwoven vine totes, which are made by local people and are very strong. I did buy one of those and avoided the high market prices. I liked the fact that I could be assured that they wouldn't be stocking ones of inferior quality and certainly, mine does heavy duty at each vege market visit and seems to be taking the strain. You need cash to buy these, whereas there are card facilities for other items. Just a couple of things to note; the showroom has a split day and closes for quite a long lunch hour starting at 12 midday, I think it was. So do check the opening times, in order to save you a disappointment. And the second thing is that you need to ring the buzzer at the front door to be let in. The staff are charming and will welcome you warmly.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Nikki Nguyen wrote a review Feb 2019
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I was trying to look for traditional handicrafts in vain, since there aren’t that many places available in Laos and most of them were closed during the weekends. But the visit to Carol Cassidy was wonderful. We got to visit the workshop and see how every piece was hand made, woven using traditional Laotian method (which was so intricate). The products were amazing! The owner spent time to introduce me to the process and helped me understand the symbolism behind Laotian patterns and spiritual meaning of each pattern. When I couldn’t find the product I was looking for he even directed me to other stores with detailed reviews. It was a wonderful experience and I’m very gateful to the owner.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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