Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Textile business empowers Laotian women
Textile business empowers Laotian women
Oct '10
Ock Pop Tok is a social venture and a textile center, situated in the Luang Prabang city of Laos. It is an undertaking which has empowered the entire community and mostly the women. Ock Pop Tok means “East Meets West” and is a business venture which aims at improving the economic condition of women in the country.

This venture was started in October 2000 by Joanna Smith, a photographer from England, along with her companion Veomanee Douangdala, who trained her in the art of weaving. Smith was profoundly influenced by the art of weaving.

Laos is an underdeveloped nation of the world with a population of 6.9 million and an annual per capita income of $850. Girls are forced to start earning at an early age because of the economic circumstances. Usually they start weaving at the age of seven or eight years as soon as their feet touch the foot pedals of the weaving machine.

Ock Pop Tok, today, works towards the empowerment of women in the country because of the poor economic condition. However, the enterprise did not start with the objective of providing an opportunity to the women to earn their livelihood. The founders had started the business with four Laotian women and soon their textiles began to sell in the market. The undertaking, at present, has 48 employees and is looking for an opportunity to expand.

Weavers engaged in this venture are paid on a weekly basis and they have paid holidays, health schemes, access to financial assistance, training facilities, etc. An average weaver earns an income ranging between $300 and $600 every month. It has enabled the women to become economically independent and emerge as decision-makers of the family.

Around 80 percent of the textiles produced by Ock Pop Tok are sold in Laos. It has plans to target the international market as well. The venture has already earned an international distinction for its effort at the "Empowering Women" exhibition in Santa Fe. It has been organizing training programs for women in villages and other remote areas of the country. It has also been encouraging them to learn new techniques of weaving, initiate their own business and become self-sufficient.

Fibre2fashion News Desk-India

Must ReadView All

Union textiles minister Smriti Irani addressing at the Texprocil Annual Export Awards. Courtesy: PIB

Textiles | On 22nd Oct 2016

Govt to extend special package to home textiles segment

The Central government is likely to extend the recently approved Rs...

Reebok Liquid Speed Grey. Courtesy: Business Wire

Apparel/Garments | On 22nd Oct 2016

Reebok’s Liquid Factory brings sneaker creation to US

Reebok, a pioneer in the sporting goods industry, has brought sneaker ...

Courtesy: GHCL

Textiles | On 22nd Oct 2016

GHCL to invest Rs 67.25 crore in textile division

Chemicals and textiles firm GHCL will invest Rs 67.25 crore in its...

Interviews View All

Awen Delaval

'Natural fibres are appreciated for traditional authenticity'

Smita Murarka

‘There is huge demand in the Indian lingerie market for non-wired styles.’

Milind Khandwe
Hindoostan Innovation Centre

‘Modern technical textile is an indispensable tool for science and...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search