by admin on January 21, 2015


FullSizeRender 6While I was in Lao I decide I wanted to make a trip to Vientiane to visit Carol Cassidy, founder and owner of Lao Textiles. I had the honor of meeting with Carol and her assist Ms Somphone who graciously show me her studio

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Carol has lived in Vientiane since 1989. She studied weaving in Norway and Finland and earned a BF from the University of Michigan. She started as a weaving advisor on a UN weaving project in Vientiane, Lao. She decided to establish her own textile business to preserve and continue the tradition of hand-weaving of silk in Laos. The studio produces a broad range of hand-woven, silk textiles ranging from intricate brocades and tapestry wall hangings to it scarves and shawls. She show me the custom project she was currently working for a NYC designer. Lao Textiles was awarded the Product Excellence Award by UNESCO in 2001. She has been award in 221 the first Preservation of Craft Award by Aid to Artisans. She continues to advise the UN and other development agencies. She also has worked closely with a group of weavers in Cambodia who are landline survivors. Her work can be seen in selected Retailers in United States ABC Carpet & Home, Asia Society , Kismet , Museum of Craft a & Folk Art, Old Rangoon Kiawah, Old Rangoon, Smithsonian Institution and Textile Museum.


Her logo she used for her trade mark
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Here I’m leaving a very happy customer with my purchase of a beautiful orange scarf.  It was package in homemade paper with a gold tassel  Exquisite!   The experience of meeting Carol was the reason I stopped in Vientiane.  It was so work the stop over while I was in Lao.

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