Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre

Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre

Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Speciality Museums • Lessons & Workshops
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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 unique Lao art. We offer free guided tours where you can meet our weavers, artisans and even the silkworms. We also offer a range of classes in weaving and dyeing, which as our reviews show, are an unforgettable experience. Our Silk Road Cafe by the river is the perfect place to relax and enjoy our "east meets west" inspired menu, or simply enjoy the stellar sunsets with a refreshing drink.
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Julie S
Copenhagen, Denmark5 contributions
Jan 2020
I did the 1-day weaving class with my three girlfriends and we all enjoyed it so much! The Ock Pop Tok Center is situated on the lush banks of the Mekong and is beautifully decorated and built, the atmosphere so relaxing and inviting. We wished we could've stayed for a whole week! The 1-day class is really recommendable if you're interested in learning more about Lao textile culture and the artistry of weaving, but we could've easily have done the 1 1/2 day course - just to have some more time to explore the museum, restaurant and gift shop on the premises. All the staff were very welcoming and we had a lovely chat after class with our activity guide, Sengchan, in which we became much more knowledgable about the history of Luang Prabang and Ock Pop Tok. Now we're back home we eagerly show our woven scarfs to family and friends who are all so impressed! We will definitely be back if we return to Laos.
Written February 13, 2020
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Dear juliesM7375WU,world, Thank you for your kind words. We are so excited to read reviews like this, because confirms that our guests enjoy their experience with us. Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, The Ock Pop Tok Team.
Written February 14, 2020
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Ellen S
Raleigh, NC31 contributions
Feb 2020
My friend and I had the good fortune to be able to take the half day batik class taught by a master batik artist Hmong Mae Thao Zuzong. The class was challenging not having ever done this type of art form before. But Mae helped us learn along with her English speaking assistant. It was quite a wonderful afternoon in this beautiful setting that has been created in Luang Prabang. We saw some of the weavers working and the dying process of the silk. Of course we both came away with our own completed batik creations to take home and we loved the shopping experience. To top off the afternoon we quenched our thirst with tasty tropical drinks watching the sunset over the Mekong River at the restaurant on site.
Written March 5, 2020
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Dear curlync, Thank you for your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed learning Hmong batik with Mae Thao Zuzong, our resident Hmong Master Artisan. And, drinks at our Silk Road Café while taking in a Mekong sunset sounds like a great way to end the day! Kind regards, The Ock Pop Tok Team
Written March 9, 2020
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Camilladaubeney1
7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Wonderful concept, embodying all that is great about Lao weaving, its heritage and most importantly, it's future.
A very knowledgeable guide shows you all the steps undertaken to make silk thread, dye the thread and then the weaving process. Lovely displays explaining the entire process culminate in a mesmerising tour of the ladies sat at their looms creating beautiful and intricate woven wares.
The centre and all that it stands for has been extremely well set up and has a lovely ethos - they work with the locals, for the locals and each and every beautiful piece that you can buy at the centre and the shop in town is labelled with the tribe and name of the weaver.
Utterly fascinating, and so important to keep the skills and knowledge of this tradition alive. An absolute 'must see'.
Written February 4, 2020
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Dear camilladaubeney1, Thank you for your kind words! It's great to see that our concept to introduce travellers to Laos through its textiles works. And, indeed our team is local and for the benefit of our community. Kind regards, The Ock Pop Tok Team
Written February 6, 2020
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MumbaiRiders
Mumbai, India1,473 contributions
Jan 2020
Ock Pop Tok living crafts centre was a short 2.5 Kms ride by a TukTuk costing 10,000 Kips.Visitors are given a "FREE TOUR" of the silk and textile manufacturing process of the centre which also conducts classes for women in the spinning and manufacturing of silk cloth.My guide Mr Steven took me through the large palatial estate beginning from the "Silk Worm Larvae", cocoons section to the section which employs women for manufacturing silk cloth.This locale is situated on the banks of the Mekong river and besides the 'Silk Manufacturing section" also has a plush cafe called the "OCK POP TOK Silk Road Cafe".A hotel also exists in the estate with the minimum rentals being U.S $ 65/day for a single room and Us $ 100 +/Day for a independent cottage style house facing the Mekong river.If you intend splurging at a good scenic locale in Luang Prabang then "OCK POP TOK" is the place to live in
Written January 29, 2020
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Dear Mumbairiders, Thank you for taking time to share your experience. We are a social enterprise working on a platform of fair trade, women's empowerment, cultural heritage and innovation. Our goal at the Living Crafts Centre is to help guests "discover Laos through textiles", and each of the venues - from the artisan textiles to the cafe and the villa - reflect our mission. Thank you for your kind words about our picturesque location on the Mekong. Kind regards, The Ock Pop Tok Team
Written January 30, 2020
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rebeccabauldry
London, UK8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Whilst staying at the Ock Pop Tok Mekong Villa I took part in the combination day class, which included local natural dyeing in the morning, a wonderful lunch followed by weaving in the afternoon. We could choose our own colours and designs from the wide choice. Classes are small and well taught by an array of talented local artisans. Alongside the tutorial, you are able to explore the beautiful grounds and hear about the village weaving project and other projects linked the women weavers and the development of handicraft opportunities. If you are having any doubts about whether to include this experience in your itinerary, ponder no more! Do it, and enjoy one of the highlights of your travels.
Written February 21, 2020
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Dear rebeccabauldry, Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed all the elements of the Ock Pop Tok experience - from staying at our villa to the classes to the meals at our Silk Road Cafe. This is precisely our hope - is that visitors will discover and fall in love with Laos through textiles! Cheers, The Ock Pop Tok Team
Written February 24, 2020
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,217 contributions
Dec 2019
My wife and I spent a late afternoon to early evening at this Crafts Centre. The staff and volunteers were quite knowledgeable, creative and helpful. Some of them were local craftspersons (women) who explained different aspects of the process of weaving, tye dyeing, making silk, and batik and the materials related. We did a tye dye silk scarf and some weaving. We had a great time and enjoyed the view during sunset and happy hour.
Written January 31, 2020
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Dear JoelK382, Thank you for your great feedback! Glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and discovering Laos through textiles! Kind regards, The Ock Pop Tok Team
Written February 6, 2020
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Ellend
Columbia, SC145 contributions
Mar 2020
We spent 2 afternoons of our few days in LP in their porch restaurant! Comfortable chairs, great view, and delicious & creative (with healthy choices) food and drinks. The spring rolls were a visual delight, with different colored fruit or veggie in each one. The chef obviously is concerned with beautiful display and freshness. We also toured through the weaving areas. Helpful displays telling about the history and the process. Well done. A shop is there as well as classes for those who want to learn how to weave.
Written March 8, 2020
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Dear away2explore, Thank you for your kind words! Glad to hear you enjoyed your meals at Silk Road Café and the free tour around our LIving Crafts Centre. Thank you for mentioning the helpful displays, as we are always looking for creative ways to communicate the rich history of textiles and craftsmanship in Laos. Kind regards, The Ock Pop Team
Written March 9, 2020
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Kimberly B
Waltham, MA8 contributions
Jan 2020
I signed up for a traditional Hmong batik class. The teacher was a woman with a lifetime of experience and a master of her craft. Each person taking the workshop left with a full understanding of the technique and a beautifully finished piece. She showed us enough to get us going and we were able to follow her lead with ease. My friend took a basket-making class and left with a perfect basket! After our class, we had a bite to eat by the water. The shuttle to/ from the downtown area made the whole exerience easy and seamless.
Written February 13, 2020
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Dear kbeckerartist, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our batik and bamboo basket class. We are glad that you enjoyed spending time and learning with Ms. Zuzong, our resident Hmong batik artist and one of the few artisans still practicing this craft in Luang Prabang. Kind regards, The Ock Pop Tok Team
Written February 14, 2020
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BunnyTravel_11
Brisbane, Australia31 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I did 3 workshops over 2 days - half day weaving, dyeing and half day batik. They were not only fantastic fun but very informative and my family and friends have been super impressed with the products I made. I will treasure the experience forever! The half days were just right for me to get a taste but I would love to stay longer next time. Take some time out of your itinerary to absorb yourself in a workshop - honestly one of the highlights of my time in Laos!
Written February 13, 2020
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Dear BunnyTravel_11, Thank you for taking time to write about your experience. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and found it to be one of the highlights of my time in Laos! We look forward to your return visit when you can stay longer! Best wishes, The Ock Pop Tok Team
Written February 14, 2020
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katisaun
Guelph, Canada107 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Everything about this place is amazing. The restaurant is lovely with its view of the Mekong and excellent fresh food. But more importantly, the venue is home to an artisan textile social enterprise begun in 2000. It provides a fair trade opportunity for weavers to practice and enhance their craft. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn about Lao textiles in a beautiful location.
Written January 6, 2020
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Dear katisaun, Thank you for your review. We love hearing that folks are able to appreciate the depth and complexity of Lao textiles after visiting the Living Crafts Center. Having a beautiful location definitely helps!! Cheers, The Ock Pop Tok Team
Written January 8, 2020
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