There is no doubt that Laos is a place with a multitude of natural and cultural wonders, experiences and delights and traditional handicraft wares to share with the nation and world.
Whether decorative or for daily use, the handmade items made by individuals, families and communities in this country can make great souvenirs or gifts for folk near and far.
Yet in our busy lives, it’s sometimes hard to get access to them all in the same place when you need them.
Fortunately, the Lao Handicraft Festival 2018 is here once again to solve all your Laos-related seasonal shopping dilemmas.
Awaiting inside are traditional and modern fashion, clothing and textiles and accessories in all kinds of natural materials to furniture, decor, tea, coffee and more.
Descending on the capital from provinces across the country are artisans bringing not only their skills but also their commitment to keeping multiethnic Lao traditions alive in old, new and increasingly entrepreneurial ways.
Laos has 49 officially recognized ethnic groups, each with its own unique take on craft styles and traditions, particularly noticeable through distinctive traditional clothing.
In addition to shopping, visitors to the festival can also enjoy fashion shows, craft demonstrations, workshops and product design competitions.
According to Tourism Laos, the festival is a platform for artisans to display and demonstrate craftsmanship that has been passed down from one generation to the next.
As well as selling their work, artists who exhibit their work at the festival enjoy the opportunity to share and celebrate their cultural heritage with visitors.
Ethnic patterns, motifs and techniques have a timeless appeal.
While international fashion may take inspiration from tribal designs and motifs, Lao handicraft are the authentic reflections of hundreds (if not thousands) of years of culture, artistry and skill.
Each year, over 200 artists from around the country travel to Vientiane to participate in the festival and sell an extensive variety of products including textiles, jewellery, non-timber and recycled products, pottery and many other cultural items.
Beautiful handmade pieces are on sale to suit all budgets, from inexpensive souvenirs to exquisite high-end collectables.
Food & beverage products such as coffee, tea, oils, juices, liquors & spices produced in Lao are also a key feature of the event.
So make your way down to Lao-ITECC exhibition hall today to take it all in, and don’t forget to spend generously; your hard-earned kip goes a long way in the hands of the hardworking folk of these communities, allowing them to access the products and services that allow them to continue making the most of the opportunities afforded them and keep fine traditions alive for the next generation and beyond.
What: *Lao Handicraft Festival 2018*
Date: October 27th to November 4th, 2018
Venue: Lao-ITECC (Vientiane Capital), Khampengmueang Rd (T4).