In a previous post, I mentioned the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Museum of Laos (TAEC Laos). I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful Luang Prabang museum in July 2011. 

It has great exhibits showing the traditional arts of the various minorities that live together in Laos. Part of it is in permanent exposition and another part is continuously changing to show the different aspects of Lao tradition. Since most of the country’s history is transmitted from one generation to another through its intricate embroidery and varied use of textile. Therefore, the richness of craftsmanship in the fabric shown is simply amazing.

Still, I must insist on the fact that my favourite part of the museum was discussing Laotian heritage with a few of the museum’s curators. They all come from different towns around Luang Prabang and happy to share their first hand knowledge about their tradition. Plus, they keep a small restaurant where we probably had the most delicious and interesting meals of our trip throughout South East Asia.

If you are ever in Laos, be sure to spend a morning at the TAEC Museum!

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

As I was reading the newsletter for the Traditional Art and Ethnology Centre of Luang Prabang, I discovered that their team has been extensively traveling around the country to prepare for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. I’m not sure I’ll manage to be there, but I definitely know that it will be a success for them. The art work I have seen in Laos is amazing! If you can be there this July, 13-14-15, please let me know! I’d love to share pictures and lessons from the event!


The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a non-profit organization, produces the largest international folk art market in the world, and our success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art.

The Phu Thai people of Laos have been weaving cotton for generations. Each town has its preferred patterns and all the work is taught from generation to generation to keep traditions in tact. Please note that all work from collection of cotton to weaving is done by hand. Also dyes are naturally produced with the plants in their environment.

All these pictures were taken in a small town about 2h away from Luang Prabang during my trip to Laos in July 2011.

In a previous post, I mentioned the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Museum of Laos (TAEC Laos). I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful Luang Prabang museum in July 2011. 

It has great exhibits showing the traditional arts of the various minorities that live together in Laos. Part of it is in permanent exposition and another part is continuously changing to show the different aspects of Lao tradition. Since most of the country’s history is transmitted from one generation to another through its intricate embroidery and varied use of textile. Therefore, the richness of craftsmanship in the fabric shown is simply amazing.

Still, I must insist on the fact that my favourite part of the museum was discussing Laotian heritage with a few of the museum’s curators. They all come from different towns around Luang Prabang and happy to share their first hand knowledge about their tradition. Plus, they keep a small restaurant where we probably had the most delicious and interesting meals of our trip throughout South East Asia.

If you are ever in Laos, be sure to spend a morning at the TAEC Museum!

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

As I was reading the newsletter for the Traditional Art and Ethnology Centre of Luang Prabang, I discovered that their team has been extensively traveling around the country to prepare for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. I’m not sure I’ll manage to be there, but I definitely know that it will be a success for them. The art work I have seen in Laos is amazing! If you can be there this July, 13-14-15, please let me know! I’d love to share pictures and lessons from the event!


The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a non-profit organization, produces the largest international folk art market in the world, and our success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art.

The Phu Thai people of Laos have been weaving cotton for generations. Each town has its preferred patterns and all the work is taught from generation to generation to keep traditions in tact. Please note that all work from collection of cotton to weaving is done by hand. Also dyes are naturally produced with the plants in their environment.

All these pictures were taken in a small town about 2h away from Luang Prabang during my trip to Laos in July 2011.

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