how is it made?
Create your own piece of Lao handicraft under the guidance of one of our skilled artisans. Our workshops offer a fun and hands-on beginner experience, but can also be tailored to suit participants with a higher knowledge of crafting.
Hmong Reverse Embroidery Classes
Learn how to reverse embroider with your Hmong teacher, Bai Ly, who learned to sew when she was just four years old. Bai Ly will guide participants to create their own hand-embroidered creation using the traditional Hmong reverse technique.
Patterns in Hmong embroidery generally relate to nature and family, and in this workshop you will also learn more about Hmong handicraft and cultural traditions.
Classes are on demand and based on the availability of our teacher.
Duration: 2 hours, mornings 9.30am-11.30am
or afternoons 1.30pm-3.30pm
Cost: $20 per person, based on minimum 2 persons.
One person $28.
Where: Ma Té Sai shop, Ban Aphai, Luang Prabang
Includes: all materials, piece to take home with threads and needle to complete in own time; Hmong sewing teacher and English-speaking assistant; refreshments and snacks
Natural Dyes Workshop in the Village
(3 hours drive from Luang Prabang, village stay 1 night)
This is a very authentic experience, working amongst the dye pots, in the village. Not only will you learn about natural dyes, but you will experience village life first hand amongst our hospitable weavers and their families.
8am depart from your Luang Prabang accommodation, in private mini-van with driver, to Nambak District and two TaiLeu cotton weaving villages. Your English-speaking guide will meet you at the first village and give you a tour of the village explaining local traditions, agricultural activities, and Buddhist culture. Then you will enjoy a meal in the home of one of the families and many of the weavers will come and show you their wares.
After lunch you head over to the neighbouring village to learn about natural dyes and dye your own scarf and threads. There are cold indigo dyes and hot dyes.
After dyeing, you can enjoy a walk, or bathe in the local stream. Overnight is in the home of a weaver.
The following day you can explore the area and return to Luang Prabang at your leisure.
Duration: 2 days - departs 8am returns 11am or later on the following day.
Cost: US$168 per person, based on minimum 2 persons. For families or larger groups please have us quote.
Where: Nambak District, near Nongkhiaw, approx. 3 hours from Luang Prabang
Includes: Private van and driver, English speaking guide, threads and scarf for dying, 3 meals, overnight accommodation, drinking water.
Does not include: Items of a personal nature, tips.
You can also experience the Natural Dyes Workshop as part of our Nongkhiaw tour package, and you can visit our other tour sites to find our more about the region www.nongkhiawadventure.com and www.bananaboatlaos.com.