Living Crafts Centre
Luang Prabang, Laos ●
Joined in 27th of December 2017
“East Meets West”
Founded in 2000 by Englishwoman Joanna (Jo) Smith and Laotian Veomanee (Veo) Douangdala, Ock Pop Tok – or OPT to those ‘in the know’ – has grown from a small shop selling only a few designs, to becoming one of the most important textile and artisan institutions in all of Laos and South East Asia.
Meaning “East Meets West” in Lao, Ock Pop Tok was founded on principles of fair trade and sustainable business practices, and was pioneering social business and ethical fashion before these terms were even a part of our cultural lexicon.
Ock Pop Tok has two shops in the historic district of Luang Prabang, and also the iconic Living Crafts Centre (LCC) situated along the banks of the Mekong River. In addition to curating a beautiful selection of hand loomed textiles from over twelve ethnic groups in Laos, OPT also offers visitors a instructional experiences in silk and cotton weaving, dyeing, Hmong batik, bamboo weaving and more.