LOTTA JANSDOTTER | WEAVING + NATURAL DYEING IN LAOS | LUANG PRABANG, LAOS | OCTOBER 18 - 26, 2018
About the trip:
This 8 day Ace Camp will offer you the opportunity to explore the techniques used in traditional Ikat weaving. Through a 3-day hands-on workshop with the women of Ock Pop Tok, we will learn about 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.
Lotta Jansdotter will be teaching a 2 day workshop about color theory. Color enriches and informs us, evokes and effects our feelings and emotions. The use of color can be a powerful tool not just in art, design, and advertising, but also in home decorating and personal style. A basic knowledge of color can strongly enhance any ones life, professional artist or not. Together we are going to explore a bit of this fascinating world of color and by doing simple, interesting, rewarding exercises and projects
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.
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. In the evenings 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:
- 8 nights*
- 8 breakfasts
- 6 lunches
- 4 dinners
- 3 day Weaving + Natural Dyeing workshop with the women of Ock Pop Tok
- 2 day Colour theory and pattern workshop with Lotta Jansdotter
- Shopping + Markets Tour
- A Laos Cooking Demonstration and traditional BBQ
- All transportation during tours and to included meals out
- All admissions to sites during the tours
- Tips for guides, hotel staff + drivers
You will be sent a list of supplies to bring after registration. *Rooms are shared with one other guest.
This Ace Camp is limited to 11 people.
Airfare to Luang Prabang is not included.
SORRY, THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT
Interested in joining us in 2019?
Consult a doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel. (side note: If you have any pending health concerns you should contact your health care provider prior to registration of this Ace Camp)
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.
Lotta Jansdotter’s designs are like little plants working their way through cracks in the sidewalk. Things of simple beauty that bring relief to the urban landscape. Lotta’s work is about her life, and life is her inspiration. Her genius lies in exploring the beauty of everyday things.
Her look is sleek and urban and her products are created for a busy city life. Her awareness, substance and instinctual sense of style are perfectly suited for contemporary lifestyles. Learn more about Lotta Jansdotter by visiting her website www.jansdotter.com.
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.
Looms at Ock Pop Tok
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.
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.
Sunset on the Mekong River
October is a great time of year to travel to Laos. The countryside is lush and green, temperatures are comfortable, and dry sunny days are the norm.
As this month is typically the end of the rainy season, some storm showers are still possible, usually overnight or in the morning. Daytime temperatures average around 25°C with evenings around 18°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.
SORRY, THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT
Interested in traveling to Laos in 2019?