ACE CAMPS TRAVEL COMPANY

MARYANNE MOODIE WEAVING WORKSHOP LAOS 2019

Weaving workshop with Maryanne Moodie + Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, Laos. March 2019, Learn more here!

MARYANNE MOODIE | WEAVING + NATURAL DYEING IN LAOS | LUANG PRABANG, LAOS | MARCH 13 - 21, 2019

About the trip:

This 8 day Ace Camp will offer you the opportunity to explore the techniques used in various forms of weaving and natural dyeing.

Maryanne Moodie will be teaching a 2 day in-depth weaving workshop sharing her design process, colour theory, and technical approaches to modern small loom weaving. You will learn while exploring with different fibres and yarns and build a piece to take home.

Following this, you will take an exploratory 3-day hands-on workshop with the women of Ock Pop Tok. During this workshop you will learn about ikat weaving, silk types, natural dye preparations, and how to wrap silk, which will render the pattern, followed by weaving your own Ikat piece on a large traditional loom. For 16 years, Ock Pop Tok has had a mission: Elevate the profile of Lao textiles and artisans, and increase economic opportunities for artisans. They work with more than 400 women in villages throughout Laos.

Luang Prabang slows your pulse and awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sits at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), that almost surround the city, and beneath a temple-topped hill, Luang Prabang is a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture; reminders of when Laos was part of the French colony of Indochine. Golden-roofed wats, decorated with mosaics and murals of the life of Buddha, sit under the gaze of wrap-around teak balconies and 19th century shuttered windows. All of this is set against a backdrop of verdant greenery and rugged mountains.

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WHERE WE'RE STAYING:

Located in the heart of Luang Prabang Village, our boutique zen-like hotel is well situated to explore all of the city’s major sites. The traditional Laotian building  features stylishly furnished rooms that face an inviting central courtyard and swimming pool. Guests can enjoy Thai, Lao and western cuisines all day in the small restaurant. The hotel operates a complimentary shuttle to the main street, which houses an array of restaurant and bar choices, you may also borrow a bicycle to get around town.

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 3 day Weaving + Natural Dyeing workshop with the women of Ock Pop Tok

  • 2 day Weaving workshop with Maryanne Moodie

  • 8 nights (based on shared occupancy)

  • 8 breakfasts

  • 6 lunches

  • 4 dinners

  • A custom Maryanne Moodie Loom**

  • Beautiful yarns, fibres and a wooden tool kit to use during Maryanne's workshop

  • Walking tour of Luang Prabang

  • Mekong River cruise

  • Traditional Laos BBQ

  • Transportation to and from workshop

  • Tips for guides, hotel staff + drivers

  • An Ace Camps Canvas Tote bag

This Ace Camp is limited to 12 people. 

Rooms are shared with one other guest. 

Airfare to Luang Prabang is not included.

** You will be mailed your wooden workshop loom in advance of this Ace Camp. You will be responsible for bringing this loom to Luang Prabang to use during Maryanne's workshop. Loom size is approximately 12" x 16" and should pack easily into luggage.


Fee:  $2995 USD

Deposit:  $1995 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $1000 due December 1, 2018



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PASSPORTS + VISAS Foreign visitors wishing to travel to Laos should be in possession of valid national passports valid for at least 190 days. 

Nationals of most countries require a visa to enter Laos, these requirements differ from country to country and are subject to change. Contact your government office to find out particulars.


MARYANNE MOODIE

Maryanne is a fibre obsessed maker from Australia working between Melbourne and Brooklyn, NY. She divides her time between designing and creating woven wall hangings, developing weaving kits, and teaching sold out workshops across the world.

Maryanne is best known for applying unexpected color combinations to her nostalgic designs. She is inspired by the intricacies of vintage textiles, traditional costuming, modern art, and the natural world. Maryanne’s work has been featured in New York Magazine, Anthology, OMagazine, Grazia, Interwoven, and online on Design*Sponge and The Design Files. A finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards in both 2014 and 2015, she sells her work on Etsy and through online shops and boutiques around the country.

You can follow Maryanne @maryannemoodie on instagram.

  Photos ©  Maryanne Moodie

Photos © Maryanne Moodie


ock pop tok

Founded in 2000 by Joanna (Jo) Smith and Laotian Veomanee (Veo) Douangdala, Ock Pop Tok – or OPT to those ‘in the know’ – has grown from a small shop selling only a few designs, to becoming one of the most important textile and artisan institutions in all of Laos and South East Asia. Meaning “East Meets West” in Lao, Ock Pop Tok was founded on principles of fair trade and sustainable business practices, and was pioneering social business and ethical fashion before these terms were even a part of our cultural lexicon. Coming from a family rich with textile and artisan roots, Veo was constantly challenging traditional ways and methods – such as creating unique sinhs and patterns that differentiated her from her peers.

Veo and Jo realised early on that in order for hand loomed textiles to survive and thrive as a craft, they had to create economic value for the textiles. Weaving, which is done primarily by village women, is often considered domestic work that is not representative of progress or economic advancement. By operating on fair trade principles – specifically by providing competitive wages, opportunities for continued learning and professional development – OPT gave village weavers, most of whom are women, the ability to earn a sustainable livelihood for their families and communities. And, by opening a venue where visitors could see and practice the craft, the two were able to educate visitors about the cultural and the artistic value of the textiles.

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TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. If this Ace Camp fills prior to 60 days we will let you know right away so you can plan. 

The airport is located just 5 km north-east of the city and has scheduled flights from/to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Jinghong, Pakse, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur and Vientiane.

There will be no refunds for this Ace Camp due to the planning and logistics involved. When you register be sure to know all you can about traveling to Laos.

WEATHER

March is a great time of year to travel to Laos.The rainy season has not yet started so we should see mostly dry weather during this time.

Daytime temperatures average around 25°C with evenings around 18°C. Afternoon sun can see the mercury top out into the low 30's C.

ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER

The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and are there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.

They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration - and, well...keep the ball rolling.


ITINERARY

DAY ONE

Travel Day 

Make your way to our hotel. The airport is easily accessed as its just a few minutes away.

This evening we have a meet + greet welcome dinner.

DAY TWO

Breakfast at the hotel

We start this morning with a walking tour of Luang Prabang, an introduction to the the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. If time permits, we will also try to visit some local textile shops. Luang Prabang is the best place in Laos to find the country’s remarkable textile treasures. Laos textiles are considered by collectors and connoisseurs to be amongst the finest in the world.

Lunch at a local cafe

Early afternoon is free for you to continue explore + shop, take some time to relax in a local cafe or swim in the pool back at the hotel. Later this afternoon, and into evening, we embark on a 2 hour river cruise along the stunning Mekong River. A light dinner will be served abord the boat. 

After dinner this evening you might like to make your way to the local night market which occupies a kilometer long stretch of the main road through town. More than 200 handicraft vendors sell their hand-made products here every night. The market showcases a variety of handicrafts made by local ethnic groups. On display are many types of textiles, ceramics, antiques, paintings, coffee and tea, quilts, shoes, silver, bags, bamboo lamps of different shades and sizes. 

DAY THREE

Breakfast at hotel      

Today we have a full day session with Maryanne, we will be learning all the basics and making our first sampler piece. The morning will include learning the following techniques: how to warp your loom, Tabby, Piecing the yarn, Bubbling, Rya + Sumac. 

Lunch - Living Craft center cafe

This afternoon we continue with our in-depth technique learning and move into making shapes! Including: Circles and curves, Triangles, Dovetail joins,  Jacquard, Open slit tapestry, DD locks + Negative space windows. Finally we learn how to finish and remove your weaving from the loom to hang! 

Dinner - TBD

DAY FOUR

Breakfast at hotel      

Today we have our second full day workshop with Maryanne. Our lesson will focus on Colour theory and design principles. During the morning session we will learn about Maryanne's design process, as well as how to channel our memories and emotions as a spark to create new art. From here we will learn the basics of colour theory and how to apply it to your pieces to draw attention to your work or evoke a specific emotional conversation between the viewer and yourself.

Lunch - Living Craft center cafe

This afternoon you will continue with your workshop by applying the design and colour theory you have learnt to create a new woven piece.

Dinner on your own

DAY FIVE

Breakfast at hotel    

Today we start the first day of our hands-on workshop with the artisans of Ock Pop Tok. We will take a tour of the centre where we will discuss Lao silk, natural dyes, and weaving techniques. Then each guest choses their colours, creates their dye out of natural materials found in our garden, sets up their ikat frame for dying and dyes the yarn.  

Lunch Ock Pop Tok cafe

Afternoon, continue with natural dyeing workshop.

Dinner on your own

DAY SIX

Breakfast at hotel    

Today is our second day at Ock Pop Tok and we start by spinning the silk that we dyed yesterday, onto bobbins, to put in the shuttles. Now we are ready to weave! We will be working on simple ikat designs on large looms.

Lunch Ock Pop Tok cafe

Afternoon, continue with weaving workshop.

Dinner on your own

DAY SEVEN

Breakfast at hotel    

Today is the final day of our hands-on ikat weaving workshop at Ock Pop Tok, we will continue working on our ikat designs.

Lunch Ock Pop Tok cafe

Afternoon, continue with weaving workshop

Dinner on your own

DAY EIGHT

Breakfast at hotel    

Today is a free day for you to explore Luang Prabang, and beyond. Take a river cruise, shop for handicrafts, visit a temple, climb Mount Phousi for a view of the city, hire a guide to take you to Kuang Si Waterfall, wander the old quarter and relax in one of the many cafes that dot the neighbourhood.

Final group Dinner tonight - we will meet early evening and make our way to a local home, where we have a Laos cooking demonstration and home cooked meal of traditional Laotian dishes.

DAY NINE

Breakfast at hotel      

Departure day: After breakfast, we say our final goodbyes and head on our way.

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Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.