Original King

Original King

While walking in Luang Prabang, this man shook my hand and kept saying “original king, original king”.

Weaving Loom

Weaving Loom

This young lady near Nong Kiau, Laos makes some beautiful fabrics and sells them with her family. I bought a few wonderful pieces while I was there.

Nam Ou Riverside Resort in Nong Kiau, Laos

Nam Ou Riverside Resort in Nong Kiau, Laos

I paid 50,000 kip a night to stay in this river front mountain resort in northern Laos. Thats about $6 per night! The rushing river and howling monkeys made sure to remind me I was in the jungle.

Buddhist Monk

Buddhist Monk

A Buddhist monk shows me around the local temple in Nong Kiau.

Lady Weaving in Laos

Lady Weaving in Laos

Elderly lady weaving bookbags for the village children in Nong Kiaw, Laos.

Dying Hand-Spun Cotton Thread

Dying Hand-Spun Cotton Thread

This lady boils the handmade cotton thread from natural dyes found in the nearby jungle.

My Laotian Family

My Laotian Family

This family saw me walking near their home, sweating and tired, and invited me into their home for refreshments. They told me they were my Laotian Family and I’m always welcomed in their home.

Local Fisheman

Local Fisheman

While visiting Nong Kiau, I came across this fisherman throwing his net in a shallow river. I watched him as he tossed his net over and over catching bite-sized minnows.

Rice Paddies in Laos

Rice Paddies in Laos

I spent some time smiling and waving with the workers in one of the many rice paddies in northern Laos.

Homemade Fabrics

Homemade Fabrics

This lady showed me the whole process from picking the cotton, threading the fibers, dying the threads, and weaving it into fabrics.

The Funniest Lady in Nong Kiau

The Funniest Lady in Nong Kiau

This lady had me in tears from the time I arrived until I left her village! She told me, through my driver, that she once had a boyfriend that looked like me and I reminded her of him.

Processing Cotton Thread

Processing Cotton Thread

A lady in northern Laos demonstrates how she makes cotton thread from the freshly harvested cotton fibers.

Nam Ou River in Nong Kiau, Laos

Nam Ou River in Nong Kiau, Laos

Evening overlooking the Nam Ou River in Nong Kiau, Laos.

Nam Ou Valley

Nam Ou Valley

Overlooking the Nam Ou Valley in Northern Laos.

Elderly Lady Sifting Rice

Elderly Lady Sifting Rice

This elderly lady would sit outside of her shop near my hotel and sift rice all day. Not sure why.

Paper Factory

Paper Factory

I toured this factory in northern Laos where this lady and her two sons make paper from scratch. They would have hand drawn designs on them with flower pedals made into the paper.

Hanging Out To Dry

Hanging Out To Dry

After the yarn is washed and dyed, its hung out to dry before being woven into fabrics.

Overlooking the Nam Ou River and the Nam Ou Valley

Overlooking the Nam Ou River and the Nam Ou Valley

Overlooking the Nam Ou River and the Nam Ou Valley

Spraying the Paddies

Spraying the Paddies

A local farmer is spraying his rice paddies. I assume its fertilizer or pesticides.

A Weaving Master

A Weaving Master

This lady is a staple in Nong Kiau. She has been weaving in this village all of her life and everyone knows her.

Recycling Rice Water

Recycling Rice Water

This lady is using the water left over after cooking rice to soak the cotton yarn in before dying. She says the starch from the rice helps the dye adhere to the fabric.