Bold handwoven patterns by Ock Pop Tok

Home Textiles from Laos at Maison & Objet

Aug 30, 2021 by Irene Vermeulen

At Maison & Objet September 9-13, 2021, Ock Pop Tok launches a range of home textiles that is modern and fresh. The bold, handwoven patterns are based on traditional motifs seen in sinh - skirts from Laos. Rugs, cushion covers, and place mats are hand woven using the interlocking tapestry technique.

Each piece is made by artisans of the Tai Lue community, a group of weavers Ock Pop Tok has worked with for many years. The group is specialized in the interlocking technique; the weaving skills are passed down generations. The home textiles range is made of handspun cotton that is dyed by hand using AZO free dyes in a range of fresh, contemporary colours. Ock Pop Tok’s design team has developed this range for the European market after extensive market research and product development.

Ock Pop Tok is also launching a handwoven range that makes use of cotton coloured with natural dyes, in beautiful shades. The striped throws are finished with a bold running stitch. These products are manufactured in Ock Pop Tok’s own production space – the Living Crafts Centre. They employ about 50 weavers in Luang Prabang, a stunning town in the North of Laos. They also work with artisan communities all over the country.

Being a social enterprise, Ock Pop Tok has over 20 years of experience in developing, producing and exporting textiles. They produce to order, from their collection or a custom design, and can handle smaller runs as well as medium sized volumes. Their minimum order value is € 1000 and they ship by air. With their new collection, they are targeting professional buyers in the European market.

Ock Pop Tok’s new collection can be found on M&O’s MOM platform, as well as collection's of Tai Baan Crafts from Laos. A selection of products will be showcased in the CBI pop-up exhibition at Maison & Objet, which will be hosted by Craftscurator and colleagues. The sales and marketing team of Ock Pop Tok will be available for enquiries (by e-mail, whatsapp or zoom) during and after M&O, and they hope to be able to meet buyers in person in 2022.

The CBI pop-up exhibition can be found in Hall 6 Unique & Eclectic stand E122- F121 at Maison & Objet in Parc des Expositions in Paris France from September 9-13, 2021. New collections from exporters from Cambodia and Bangladesh can also be found in the booth.

CBI, The Centre for the promotion of Imports from Developing Counties, is running an export development programme in Laos. Irene will lead the Home Textiles programme on behalf of CBI and is coaching small and medium sized entreprises in export marketing. CBI has already done a lot of groundwork in Laos, both in the sector as well as on company level. Special focus will be on productivity and distribution options.

If you are a wholesale importer or retail buyer interested to meet at the show or learn more about textiles and producers from Laos, contact Irene

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Handwoven rugs
Interlocking weaving technique
Close up
Of an interlocking pattern
Bold pattern
In a placemat
Floor rugs
In stunning shades
A weaver using a wooden loom
Finishing a rug
Fresh and fun stripes
Made using natural dyes
Throws in the softest cotton
Spun and woven by hand
Handweaving on a traditional loom
in the Ock Pop Tok Center
Weaver working on the stripes
For the home textiles range