I returned from the SE Asia textile trip last weekend. I didn't have much time to idle before I had to go straight back to work. It's a nice feeling though that I have a job to come back to.
Even though my SE Asia textile trip was only 2 weeks, what I have fitted in to those two weeks feels like a lifetime of learning. If you remember I visited this part of the world two years ago. Returning for a second time has given me more depth and appreciation into the vast range of textiles and cultures of SE Asia. I originally came from that part of the world, but apart from learning how to sew at a young age I didn't learn about SE Asia's textiles until long after I left.
On this trip I spent more time exploring the designs, colour, natural and indigo dyes and vintage textile pieces. I also attended a couple of natural and indigo dye workshops as well as a weaving workshop. I have also noticed a change in textile collections. Instead of the traditional items I saw two years ago I now found semi traditional cheaply made gifts! I was lucky to come across a few shops that sell collectible textile pieces, but they were hard to find. I enjoyed walking in small lanes and back streets. In doing so I found little shops with treasures tucked away from the main thoroughfares.
I love to visit as many markets as possible. I hit lucky in some places where there were markets only once a week. I will add short captions for each photo. I don't want you to think that I bought everything on the photos in this post! Just a warning that it's going to be a photo heavy post.
|Scrumptious dyed silk at Talad Sao, Vientiane|
|Some vintage silk carves at a shop in Vientiane|
|Piles and piles of vintage textiles, Vientiane|
|I came away with a wedding piece from|
the shop above. Woven silk.
|These remnants were thrown in when I bought|
the piece in the above photo!
|Decorative tapes found in Talad Sao, Vientiane|
|I attended a natural/indigo dye workshop at the|
Houey Hong Vocational Center in Vientiane
|Natural dyes daily at Oct Pop Tok, Luang Prabang|
|Samples of work you can choose to|
make in workshops at Ock Pop Tok
|Lovely original woven pieces at Ock Pop Tok|
gallery in town, Luang Prabang
|I was lucky to get a chance to visit a|
Hmong village in Chiang Mai
|Some of the Hmong works both new and old|
|A lovely old woven silk scarf in my hotel|
|More lovely old woven silk|
scarves in my hotel
|Old Sinh (tube skirt) I bought from a back|
street shop in Luang Prabang
|Indigo vat at Ock Pop Tok|
|Silk scarf I dyed with indigo and|
stitch lack insects
|Hmong textiles from a market in Chiang Mai|
|Woven old cotton blanket|
|Woven old cotton blanket I bought |
from Talad Soa, Vientiane
|Indigo cotton scarves from Bansoa gallery,|
|Indigo Sinh (tube skirt) from local|
market in Luang Prabang
|A simple woven linen cloth from|
Indigo House, Bangkok
|Last minute finds in Bangkok.|
They are from Afghanistan
|A few simple purses bought at Chiang Mai Airport|
|Wholesale market, Waroros|
|Night market, Chiang Mai|
|Sunset on Mekong River with Cloth House's tote|
|Not all of what I brought home, but close to it!|
|I need a gift this weekend so I quickly made one|
using a Hmong's embroidery piece I brought
back. It's a Coptic binding book.
Four cities in 15 days. It was a busy, but enjoyable and exciting trip. My trip was semi organized by Audley Travel and I. Audley Travel specializes in boutique tours. They will do from two persons to a full size tour. I'm very happy using Audley Travel when I travels without Mr Notjustnat.
I'm sorry if some of you already saw my photos on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for following me along on the trip. If you have any questions regarding my trip just let me know.
Until next time