I wouldn't really recommend having clothing tailored in Laos, unless it is something they normally wear there like the wrap skirts or blouses.
Re: the jewelry- the preferred metal of choice is 22 or 24 kt gold, and the markets carry a lot of that, see the jewelers upstairs at Talat Sao market in Vientiane and also the gold shops on Samsenthai street.. Lots of cool little buddha pendants in plastic cases, the outside of which is 22 kt gold. There are a few handicraft shops that sell ethnic items (Rufus, help me out here!), I think one of them is across from Talat Sao market, next to the PTT(post, telephone & telegraph) office.
There are quite a few places in Samsenthai road. Actually you can find them all over Vientiane.
Thanks guys..as usual..most helpful
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