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Laos Weaving Workshop | Lotta Jansdotter | Ace Camps Travel

Explore Luang Prabang, Laos with Lotta Jansdotter's weaving and natural dyeing workshops this October 18 - 26, 2018. Learn more here!

LOTTA JANSDOTTER | WEAVING + NATURAL DYEING IN LAOS | LUANG PRABANG, LAOS | OCTOBER 18 - 26, 2018                                                

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About the trip:

This 9 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.

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 Ock Pop tok

Ock Pop tok


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 10 people.

Airfare to Luang Prabang is not included.

Fee:  $2819.00 USD

Deposit:  $1819.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $1000.00 due July 25, 2018



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 TRAVEL NOTES

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.

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LOTTA JANSDOTTER

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.

 
  Lotta Jansdotter

Lotta Jansdotter


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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

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.

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WEATHER

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.

Luang Prabang

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.  We will help you arrange transportation to the hotel after your travel plans have been sent to us. 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. 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

This afternoon we have our first session with Lotta Jansdotter. We explore the basics of color theory by using our watercolor set and papers. We will mix color and paint on paper and use collage to understand the use of color and how it interacts. We will start our own color journal that we use and reference throughout the trip. 

Dinner - TBD

DAY THREE

Breakfast at hotel      

Today we have a full day session with Lotta, we will be composing our own personal color palettes and color combinations with the help of colored papers and scissors. 

Lunch - Living Craft center cafe

Dinner - TBD

After dinner this evening we make our way to the local night market which occupies a kilometer long stretch of the main road through town. More than 300 handicraft vendors sell their hand-made products here every night. The market showcases an extensive 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 FOUR

Breakfast at hotel      

This morning we cross the river to a small weaving village. We discover several weavers studios producing fine, authentic Lao textiles. Another specialty of the village is handwoven silk and saa paper, which is paper made from fast-growing mulberry bark naturally shed by the tree.

Lunch - TBD

This afternoon we have our final session with Lotta, where we will discover color symbolism and meaning and also create a few more projects and add to our color journal. 

Dinner on your own

DAY FIVE

Breakfast at hotel    

Today we start the first day of our hands-on workshop with the women 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 colors, 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.