This is a SLOW video. Have you heard of the Slow Food Movement? I
mean... that kind of slow. The kind of video that is just like being
there. Sitting quietly, observing, absorbing the weaving life of these
Tai Daeng women. But, they're not weaving here. They are involved in
wrapping silk threads to create ikat patterns and also removing the
plastic wrapped threads after the silk has been dyed. It's a slow,
pain-staking process, but like much of the work in Laos, it's buffered
by the chance for conversation. People don't realize how much work goes
into the creation of ikat textiles, whether they be scarves or sinhs.
There's the initial process of tie-dying the silk and then the actual
weaving. This video lets you feel like you're there, sitting with the
women. We have some beautiful ikat textiles that are a tremendous bargain considering the artistry and time it takes both to create the ikat and weave the textiles. Check out our Ikat Sinhs and our exclusive Silk Ikat Display Textiles
The Lao word in the center of the heart above translates literally as nam jhai, "water" "heart". An act of nam jhai, of water flowing from the heart, is an act of kindness, an opening of the heart. A quality highly respected by the Lao and Thai people.