Saturday, December 10, 2016

OCK POP TOCK - THE HANDICRAFT CENTRE OF LUANG PRABANG [PART ONE]


4th DECEMBER 2016 ~ We saw this shop with the name OCK POP TOCK at the town centre and decided to have a look. We were then told that we could take a FREE ride on the tuk tuk that was parked in front of the shop to the handicraft centre, and we happily hopped onto the vehicle. There were two other tourists from Brazil already seated. 

at the entrance




Upon arrival, we were told that there would be a FREE guided tour around the place at 12:00 p.m. While waiting, we went exploring around the area. There was a restaurant and even a guest house but with only four rooms.






The handicraft centre is situated by the Mekong River. There were benches for visitors to sit down, relax and watch the river. I think I could just sit there for hours doing nothing.










At 12 noon, a guide by the name of A (that was how he pronounced his name) started to brief us on the process of silk-making here. Starting from the breeding of the silk worms up to the stage of weaving the silk thread. His English was good so there were a lot of questions asked by the inquisitive visitors.


The colourful threads were organically dyed using various plants and other natural resources.




















Looking at the intricate design of the woven silk cloths, how these people spend hours working with the needles, threads and weaving machines, should explain the high price tags.

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART TWO...