The Lao Experiences
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The village of Ban Phanom: a little more than a mile from The Phon Phau Temple, this small and very typical village exists mainly due to the manufacture of woven goods which they expose on the night market.

This village very quickly became one of the acknowledged suppliers of the King (at the time when the country was ruled by a King) who was said to have bought a large quantity. The village is full of history, culture, and a weaving experience that you can still find in some other villages in Laos (Luang Namtha, Sam Neua, etc.) where methods, techniques, and patterns are still those of old times.

The majority of the village’s production is done according to a technique that uses cotton and silk. The weave is done with thick cotton threads, that are often of different colours, which gives a shimmering effect, whilst the patterns are woven from silk.

Nearly all families possess 1 or more weaving looms. Some have even created small workshops. A sort of a co-operative was set up at the end of the village, which groups together a few dozen manufacturers. The prices are affordable, and are open to discussion.



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