Below is an article that ran in the Vientiane Times last week and surely validates why we started Laos Essential Artistry. Above is a silk textile we purchased this summer in Sam Tai with a design that we think perfectly captures the Sam Tai mountainous landscape as seen in our photo at the very top that we took driving between Sam Tai and Sam Neua this last summer.
Laos receives most prizes at Asean
unique and natural handmade silk of Laos has once again shone on the regional
stage, this time receiving five first
prizes at an Asean silk contest held in Bangkok last month.
Manivone Keomany, who last year won the top award at an exhibition of Asean
silk, also held in Bangkok, was this time awarded four first prizes at the
Asean Silk Fabric and Fashion Design Contest 2010 held from August 22-29.
countries – Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, India, the Philippines and Laos – sent
more than 300 silk products to compete at the contest held at the Impact
Exhibition and Convention Centre, with Laos receiving more top prizes than any
first prizes were on offer as Laos achieved the highest overall tally of 11
prizes, comprising five first places and four second places.
handicraft leader of Xamneua district in Huaphan province, Ms Manivone, and
other handicraft shops in Laos sent their products to compete on behalf of the
Lao Handicraft Association.
year's award was an inspiration for the group to create various unique designs
to represent to the world,” Ms Manivone said.
of the board committee members of the association, Ms Kommaly Chanthavong, who
led the Lao team at the exhibition, said Lao silk has built a strong
international reputation and many countries recognize the quality of the
though our industries can't complete with other countries, our silks and our
unique identity certainly can,” she said.
other countries use modern machinery in the silk production process, Ms Kommaly
said the quality of Lao silk is better because local producers still rely
on handmade techniques, with all textiles hand woven on wooden looms and many
using natural dyes.
silks have become recognized because of our longstanding traditional values
that we have preserved from generation to generation. Another major attraction
of Lao silk is that we use a natural process,” she said.
stated that the Lao handicraft groups working under the association have made
great progress to present a wonderful image of Laos to the world through local
representatives from Korea and Japan have invited the association to exhibit
Lao silk in their countries.
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.