Learning how to weaving and dying Laos silk
"The challenge you have is to keep the tradition of weaving alive", Sengmany, the manager of the Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women explains. "Weaving skills have been passed on for generations from mothers to daughters, but today young women do not have the patience to learn how to set up the templates creating the patterns which are so characteristic and meaningful to our society", Sengmany tells us. "Here at Houey Hong, we aim at keeping the tradition alive. The Lao motifs and colours are so symbolic that people can distinguish ethnicity, social status and origin from the textiles that are worn: natural elements, animals, and mythical creatures. "
Meeting the guide at hotel and starting driving ahead to small local women team, Many colours can be obtained: initially fresh indigo leaves that have been fermented in a jar for blue, the roots of turmeric or the bark of the Indian trumpet for yellow, teak leaves for pink or grey, and boiled annatto seeds for orange, just to mention a few.
Because of the seasonality of plants, dyeing with natural colours requires some planning: certain fruits can only be harvested and used for the colouring in specific months of the year, while some colours can be stored a bit longer. When the plants are not available, one has to be creative and derive secondary colour from the stored ones (or use cheap chemical dyes).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up at hotel
End location: Drop off at city center/Hotel
Duration: 5 hours
English speaking guide
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 US - Weaving lesson teaching cost
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