Contemporary Hmong patterns from Passa Paa

Home Textiles from Laos at Maison & Objet

Aug 12, 2022 by Irene Vermeulen

Passa Paa takes inspiration from traditional patterns and techniques from the Hmong ethinc group from the North of Laos and translates these into contemporary designs for the international market. The natural hemp fiber they use for their textiles is grown and handwoven in villages in Laos. In the Passa Paa workshop in Luang Prabang, a team of skilled screen printers apply the unique patterns on the hemp. Some textiles are embellished using the Hmong appliqué technique. At Maison & Objet, September 8-12, 2022, Passa Paa will showcase their collections for the European market.

Hemp
The range of cushion covers are made of handwoven hemp, a renewable material that requires a third less water than cotton and is grown without the use of pesticides. The modern patterns are applied by hand, with screen-printing and stitching techniques. All patterns are based on traditional Hmong designs and applied by artisans of the Hmong ethnic group. Some prints are all-over, while others are used sparingly, to show off the stunning natural hemp fabric.

Cotton
Passa Paa also applies their screenprinting onto handwoven cotton, and will launch a new collection of table and kitchen textiles at the trade fair.

Exporter
Passa Paa is owned by 2 women. Pok comes from Laos and runs the workshop and manages production in Luang Prabang. Heather is from the UK, she designs the products and manages sales and marketing. Together, they set up the screen-printing workshop and have been manufacturing home textiles, fashion accessories as well as custom made pieces for over 10 years. Passa Paa is targeting European retailers with their new collection of cushion covers. They can ship directly to shop keepers and offer reasonable terms.

Maison & Objet
Passa Paa’s will showcase their collection in the CBI pavilion at Maison & Objet in hall 5A stand S82, taking place from September 8-12, 2022 at Parc des Expositions in Paris, France. The Passa Paa team will be present to show buyers their new collection, and discuss order and shipment options. The collection can also be found on M&O’s MOM platform. New collections from exporters from Cambodia, Bangladesh and Indonesia can also be found in this CBI booth.

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 11 small and medium sized entreprises in export marketing. They are guided in building their capacity, improving quality and product design and communication. Everything that makes their business model truly ready for working with international buyers.

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

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Screen printed and hand stitched
Hmong inspired patterns by Passa Paa
Cushion covers with a handwoven hemp base
with screen printed patterns
All screen printing and sewing
done in the Passa Paa workshop in Luang Prabang
The Hmong inspired geometrical patterns
mix and match really well
New: Cotton tea towels
Screen printed by hand
New: fabric baskets
Made of hand printed sturdy cotton