Ock Pop Tok is Laos based social enterprise working primarily in the field of textiles, handicrafts and design. Ock Pop Tok, meaning east meets west, was started in 2000, by a Laotian weaver and an English photographer. Following the principles of fair-trade we aim to: advance the artistic, cultural and social development of Lao artisans and increase the appreciation of Lao's diverse textiles and communities through educational activities. The philosophy behind Ock Pop Tok was and continues to be, to empower women through creating opportunities for their traditional skills, and promote Laotian textiles across the globe.
In 2005 we opened the Living Crafts Centre, a weaving and dyeing studio, craft school, and exhibition space. Set in a tropical Mekong garden it serves as a resource centre for learning about textiles, crafts and culture. On site there is also a café, shop and small guesthouse.
In town, we manage 2 fair trade shops selling the items made from the weaving studio and Village Weaver Projects.
Village Weaver Projects:
Working in conjunction with The Lao National Tourism Administration, development agencies and the Lao Women's Union we train artisans from remote areas in refresher natural dyes and weaving skills, product design and business related skills. Craftsmanship and tradition are combined with artistic creativity and market knowledge. Village based production is found to have significant benefits as a whole.
In April 2006 Ock Pop Tok founded Fibre2Fabric a non-profit gallery that focuses on handcrafted textiles as a way to explore and explain Lao culture. The gallery is dedicated to documenting, exhibiting and upholding the social role and tradition of textiles in the Lao PDR.