On our last day at Luang Prabang, we had a few hours before our plane and we took a walk to see the surroundings of our hotel and I felt like checking out this living craft centre.
I am so glad we popped in. We were given a free very informative tour of the place by a very friendly young man and we learnt how the silk for the weaving was produced, dyed and processed. We saw the weavers who have acquired skills from their mothers who are provided employment to work for the centre which practices fairtrade.
The weaving done here helps Lao traditional weavers and is of exceptional quality. I was so sad that my luggage was full so I only bought one silk scarf. They have a shop with some very high quality hand woven, hand dyed items such as scarves, home accessories like stunning cushions and ethereal wall hangings which take one girl 2 weeks to weave, some ready made silk and cotton clothes and a hundred other items.
They also have boutique accommodation and a lovely café overlooking the Meekong. We had a very nice drink and a snack and they do a variety of international and Lao food. One interesting items on the menu was silk worm poo tea which is said to be very healthy and good for diabetes and high blood pressure but I simply couldn't try it.
I am so glad we popped in and if I am ever back in Lao, I would definitely take a craft class that they offer.
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