Spiritual Life - Laos
The Laotian city of Luang Prabang, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, has 30 active Buddhist temples.
Grandmothers help maintain temple traditions: creating floral offerings, preparing the elaborate flower-food and candle arrangements that are the centerpieces of wedding ceremonies, and making plans to complete their careers as weavers in order to become nuns.
The grandmothers describe their spiritual lives, textile work and future plans in GRANDMOTHER POWER.
News About Grandmothers in Laos
Updates about the grandmother groups in Grandmother Power
Behind the Scenes: These images, which are not in the book, include, scenery, interpreters, people and events that captured Paola’s attention while working in Luang Prabang.
Project Website: The Op Pop Tok website describes the organization’s history, products, classes, restaurant and café.
Textile Classes: Ock Pop Tok’s small classes last from half a day to three days, and help perpetuate cultural traditions for future generations. You can learn to dye with natural colors, master silk or bamboo weaving skills, and experiment with batiking.
Nonprofit Textile Gallery: Fibre2Fabric is Op Pop Tok’s nonprofit gallery devoted to carefully curated exhibits intended to enrich visitors’ understanding of the Laos textile tradition.