Phnom Penh

Silkworms Textiles


Hosted by Ock Pop Tok’s cofounders, Veomanee 
Duangdala & Joanna Smith. This is a 1.5 hour presentation illustrating the journey of a Lao textiles from the creation of silk to the weaving process and the meaning of motifs.

With co-directors: 
Prices start from 2, 080, 000 LAK ($260) per group (up to 10 people)

Seminar Structure:

  • Introduction to Ock Pop Tok & our current activities.
  • A brief history of silk textiles.
  • How to real silk worms and making silk thread.
  • Natural dyeing & Dye Sources; audience participation 
assisting with a demonstration of dyeing silk.

Refreshments Break: Lemongrass tea and for the adventurous Saa Kii Morn (medicinal tea made from silkworm poo), Dtor Morn (fried silk worms)

  • Weaving techniques – the three main techniques used in Lao; Supplementary, Tapestry & Ikat. Depending on time participants can try themselves on one of our looms.
  • Use of textiles in Laos – showcasing samples of different textiles, discussing their function and the meaning of motifs – what is a Naga?
  • The weavers at work – a walk through the Ock Pop Tok weaving area to watch our skilled artisans at work.


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