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I can't resist the beautiful calligraphy "Sa", a Lao green tea offered by famous Mariage Freres, Paris. The quality is excellent enough to be part of their offering so this makes me very proud. It's a collector tin, a celadon green canister with 100 g...

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Tag(s) : #cuisine

In the region, it is difficult to match the creativity of Lao weavers, in particular when it comes to wedding costumes. The quality of the silk, from China, the golden threads and the marriage of colors make them very unique. No wonder why there are so...

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Tag(s) : #costumes, #Silk

Interesting to contrast the video of the weddings in the US and Germany with this one, from a wealthy family in Lao with groom Khamgneun and bride Siewyian. Admire the real gold jewelry of the bride, golden thread embroidery of her blouse. Beautiful wedding...

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Tag(s) : #Videos

Watch the well done 13-minute video of the wedding of James and Chanare. Very American indeed but lots of efforts to keep the Lao traditions with many years of exile from the elders. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l9VmaQP4LM

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A well done video of a mixed marriage wedding between Dariny and Joshua. I particularly like the sound bite of the Lao prayer at the beginning of the video. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TylpeoboN4A

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Wikileaks reveal that back in January 1974, staff of the US embassy sent a cable to Ambassador Richard Helm (Director of Central Intelligence until February 2, 1973 and then ambassador to Iran from 1973-1977. He rose in its ranks during the Truman, Eisenhower,...

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Tag(s) : #research

It's rare to have designs of Lao costumes for men ! Discover the Winter collection 2016-2917 of Lao costumes with a twist of Marquis de Sade by Nithaya Somsanith. The collection was launched at the Lao National Museum in Vientiane on August 21, 2016....

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Tag(s) : #costumes

This is the most beautiful video of a contemporary Lao Wedding I have seen in years: the wedding of Maryka and Gregoire (by Estelle Beauvais, "Le Coeur de l'Homme"). The title of the video is "Aurore" in French which means in English "Dawn". Congrats...

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Tag(s) : #Ceremony, #Videos

They have inspired the story of my book “A Lao Wedding” and have inspired many things in my life too. It is a sad and happy story interwoven with our country’s history. I don’t know if this is sad because our world has disappeared or because they have...

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Tag(s) : #love story, #Ceremony

The trend of weddings in Vientiane is to have these fancy flower decorations that can amount hundred thousands dollars. Not too far from home, I have admired (on the internet) the most jaw-dropping decoration from India or Thailand. Among the florists,...

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Tag(s) : #decoration

A fine photographer is someone who captures the moment, the happiness, the doubts, the overwhelming joy of the wedding ceremony. when you live overseas like the USA, Australia or France, it must be a challenge to find someone who understands our customs...

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Tag(s) : #Photography

In my book, A Lao Wedding, I mention that a monk or someone who understands the horasat (Astrology) studies if the groom and bride are compatible and when is a good day to marry. A text (in French) from the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient (The French...

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Tag(s) : #rites

When you start working on a wedding book rituals, the first thing you look for are good images that can convey or illustrate your text. My book A Lao Wedding sets the scene in the 70s. Without the photographs of that period, no much would have been left...

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Tag(s) : #Photography

Interview of a mo phone (an officiant) explaining beautifully what is the meaning of Baci commissioned by the University of Khon Kaen (part of Lao/Thai Isaan back in the late 19th century). it is in Thai/Lao. For an explanation of the baci, the most comprehensive...

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Tag(s) : #rites

The best mo lam singers of Laos in my view are Khiengchai Sabayphone and Intaeng Keoboula. In my family, we would have mo lam (master in lam) to sing all night long for a week while we prepare for the wedding ceremony. The khene bamboo flute and their...

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Tag(s) : #music

A pity I have not found any video that shows how we properly prepare the laab beef (lab sinh) which is core to the food prepared for a Lao wedding. This video is a good introduction to Lao cuisine for our farang friends who may not be familiar wit our...

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A treasure trove of old images of Laos (416 photos) but also Cambodia, Vietnam and other exotic countries when France was still an empire. One can never have enough of these memories, the quiet land in South East Asia. The Archives d'Outre Mer is the...

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Tag(s) : #research

Learn how to tie a bun with just one hairspin like this old Tai Dam lady. Usually we would put the bun just above the neck. The Lao and Thai people share the same ethnic origin, that we are from the Tai ethnic group, who have emigrated from South China...

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Tag(s) : #hairstyle

Buy now Exceptional e-Book on a Lao Wedding Ceremony. 250 pages, 245 illustrations - $20. In French and Lao only - English Version in 2017 ----- Récit d'une cérémonie de mariage du Laos. Voyagez dans la culture du Laos à travers ce récit imaginaire et...

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If you ask where to find the best silk dresses for wedding, many will say "mae Nouay" Souvannavong whose workshop is in KM3, Vat Nak in Vientiane. It has been for two or three generations already, starting with Oufonh Souvannavong and all the grand families...

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Tag(s) : #Silk
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