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Traditional Hemp Fabric Hmong Shop, Luang Prabang

Posted by Sampan on 16/1/2018 at 01:18

- If you are in Luang Prabang and hold even the slightest interest for superb quality craftsmanship which aslo, in this case, has a deep cultural and traditional meaning, make sure to pay this place a visit.

Meeting Mr. Xeng and Mrs. Lu Lu, seeing the pieces they make and the amount of work that goes into it and also getting a glimpse into their culture, was the absolute highlight of my last visit to Luang Prabang. But instead of me trying describe their endeavor, here are their own words from their brochure:

Xeng & Lu Lu welcome you to our beautiful traditional hemp fabric Hmong shop in Luang Prabang.

The Hmong People live in small villages in the mountains of northern Laos, where they struggle to preserve the unique tradition of crafting indigo dyed batik fabrics know as Hmong Batik.
We are from XiengKhouang province in NE Laos and our shop stocks many traditional crafts made by the families from both our village Nakhampheng and its neighbors, as well as what we design and create in our little studio in the shop.

- The selection of whats on display is close to endless.

Creating individual pieces.

We enjoy creating unique items like jackets, shirts, dresses, skirts, cushion covers and bags using your designs and our fabrics. You can order and often collect from us the next day.

We also run small classes where you learn the art of crating Hmong indigo batik using traditional tools with melted wax on hemp fabric and then dyeing your creation in natural indigo leaf dye.
- Mr. Xeng showing the technic of making traditional Hmong indigo batik.

- Some of the finished product and tools used.

When you visit our Aladdin’s cave of unique textile pieces at affordable prices, you will find:

- Hemp shirts.
- Traditional skirts and jackets.
- Bags in a variety of sizes.
- Accessories like scarves and hats.
- Soft furnishings like cushion covers, wall hangings, bedspreads, table runners, napkins and much much more.

- Enter Aladdin's cave!

- Scarf with pieces of silk-embroidered patterns on indigo dyed hemp fabric.

- The craftsmanship is sublime. One piece takes 4-6 months to finish.

- Mr. Xeng and Mrs. Lu Lu have recently opened at a second location on Kingkitsarath Rd. Coordinates:
19°53'19.1"N 102°08'14.5"E Here they have plans to also begin weaving, yet another of their skills.

- A blurry google-maps image with the location of their first store.

Lastly, I would like to add that I have no vested interest whatsoever in this business. I'm posting knowing
that if anyone who visits has only a fraction of the experience I had, you will have great day!

Happy Trails!

#1 Sampan has been a member since 3/9/2009. Posts: 111

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