Beautifully embellished textiles from Her Works

Home Textiles from Laos at Maison & Objet

Jan 17, 2022 by Irene Vermeulen

Her Works celebrates the beauty of handmade textiles made by women in Laos. Their new collection integrates contemporary design and the unique traditional handicraft of the many ethnic groups of Laos. Techniques include backstrap loom weaving, hand embroidery and natural dyeing. At Maison & Objet, March 24-28, 2022, Her Works will launch their first home textiles collection. You can already explore the collection on M&O’s MOM platform.

The collection includes textiles made using a backstrap loom, which is foot braced. The weavers of the Katu ethnic group, based in the South of Laos, use a distinctive technique to include glass beads in the fabric.

The weavers of the Lue ethnic group, based in the North of Laos grow their own rainfed cotton, which is naturally dyed, hand spun, and hand woven. The cushion covers and throws are hand stitched by Hmong ethnic women, using elements of traditional costume for the embellishments.

The Lawayam range of striped cushion covers and throws is coloured using natural dyes hand woven by the Krieng ethnic women, who live in Sekong province, in the southern part of Laos. The Krieng are well known for their backstrap loom weaving technique.

Her Works is a women-owned enterprise based in Vientiane, Laos, that wants to provide work and income for female artisans across Laos. Tookta, the owner, and the Her Works team have experience in designing and producing handmade textiles for the local market. Now, they are targeting the European market with a range of home textiles. Her Works manufactures relatively small quantities and is able to quote landed prices, which makes their offer suitable for European retailers.

Her Work’s new collection can be found on M&O’s MOM platform, as well the collection of the other newcomer from Laos, Passa Paa. 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 Her Works will be available for enquiries (by e-mail, whatsapp or zoom) now, during and after M&O, and they hope to be able to meet buyers in person later in 2022.

The CBI pop-up exhibition can be found in Hall 5A Unique & Eclectic stand O44 - P43 at Maison & Objet in Parc des Expositions in Paris France from March 24-28, 2022.

CBI, The Centre for the promotion of Imports from Developing Counties, is running an export development programme in Laos. Irene is leading 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 in The Netherlands or at the show in March, or learn more about textiles and producers from Laos, contact Irene.

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Textiles made by various ethnic groups
by Her Works
Throw coloured with natural dyes
using cottons grown in Laos, hand spun and hand woven
Cushion cover woven on a backstop loom
made by the Katu people
Rainfed cotton in natural indigo cushion cover
made by Lee artisans in Northern Laos
Throw handwoven on a backstop loom
made by Krieng ethnic artisans
Cushion covers with pompoms
hand stitching by Hmong makers