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  • 1960s Betel Set

    03 November 2019 ( #crafts, #phakhouan )

    In the 60s, Judith was a foreign American student who was hosted by my grandfather "Pho Gnai". She stayed for two months in the grand house in the Bouasavanh neighborhood the middle of Vientiane, participated to the royal wedding of princess Savivanh....

  • 60-year story of love and resilience

    01 August 2016 ( #love story, #Ceremony )

    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...

  • The art of paper folding by Wirin Chaowana

    10 August 2016 ( #decoration, #crafts )

    In case you are blase with real flowers, why not decorate your wedding with paper decoration by Wirin Chaowana, who elevates paper folding/cutting to works of art. The photos shown here are ceremonial trays and offerings we do with banana leaves and fresh...

  • Fashionable wedding costumes

    08 July 2017 ( #costumes, #Silk )

    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...

  • Oradesign, fine Lao textiles

    28 December 2017 ( #Silk, #decoration )

    Anou Thammavong established Oradesign, a fine textile company based in Vientiane. He inherited his love for textiles from his grandmother gna mae Orady Souvannavong (she is my grand auntie too:)). His level of artistry is probably the same as Carol Cassidy....

  • Paintings from the colonies - Quai Branly (Paris)

    25 March 2018 ( #costumes, #Graphic Arts )

    If you pass by Paris this year of 2018, do not miss to visit the Museum of Quai Branly. The museum is showing 200 paintings from its colonial past with a few from Laos and Cambodia. I particularly enjoyed looking at how Lao women dressed in the early...

  • Meet Julia Brennan, Caring for Textiles

    27 May 2018 ( #costumes, #Silk )

    There are always these wonderful encounters in life that bring you the warmth of a sunny day and friendship for life. Julia is one of these people. She cares as much for people as she cares for old and damaged textiles, the expertise for which she is...

  • Wedding photographer Josh Jones, New York City

    20 June 2016 ( #Photography )

    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...

  • A few $100,000 of flowers for your wedding?

    16 July 2016 ( #decoration )

    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,...

  • Lao Designer Nithaya Somsanith

    26 August 2016 ( #costumes )

    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....

  • Marc Leguay, the painter of Laos and art on stamps

    07 January 2017 ( #Graphic Arts )

    Much has been written about Marc Leguay with a complete compendium of his works gathered by Francis Benteux, "Marc Leguay, le Peintre du Laos" (Maisonneuve and Larose, Paris, 2001). Leguay arrived in Laos in 1936 and felt in love with the country and...

  • Book Launch: Un Mariage Lao

    11 April 2016

    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...

  • Buying silk on Facebook

    17 April 2018 ( #costumes, #Silk )

    Even if you don't want to buy, connect to the several facebook stores that sell Lao costumes online. It is a good pulse of the creativity of Lao weavers and store owners who are ordering the costumes. They post by bunch of 30 or 50 photos. It can be the...

  • Laos Thai collectibles

    08 April 2020 ( #Photography )

    If you are in love with old stuff from Laos, you have to follow on facebook the page " Laos Thai Galerie Collectibles". I have no clue if the owner has virtual gallery or a physical one - there are so many in River City Mall though. On the FB page, we...

  • Wedding photographer, Chai Bouphaphanh

    29 May 2016 ( #Photography )

    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...

  • Aurore: most beautiful Lao wedding video

    13 August 2016 ( #Ceremony, #Videos )

    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...

  • The story of a 1964 wedding dress - sin kindong

    13 July 2016 ( #costumes, #silk )

    Siphrachanh and Bousambhon wed on 21 April 1964 in Vientiane. The wedding dress was woven by Somdy Pathammavong using the finest silk threads (China?) and golden threads from Lyons, France. The wedding skirt, sin kindong, is red and golden, as was the...

  • Wikileaks and a Lao Royal Wedding

    12 December 2016 ( #research )

    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,...

  • Wedding of Tiao Savivanh Savang

    01 April 2016 ( #Videos )

    Film footage of the wedding of Princess Savivanh Savang Manivong (daughter of King Savang Vatthana and Queen Khamphoui, 1933-2007). The footage shows school children and others in the procession to the palace; visiting digitaries arriving; the candlelit...

  • Where to find the silk dresses?

    10 April 2016 ( #Silk )

    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...

  • Horasat, are you compatible to wed?

    05 June 2016 ( #rites )

    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...

  • the making of a dok phikoun bracelet

    04 April 2016 ( #jewelry, #Videos )

    Watch this neat video on the making a bangle with the old patterns of Dok Phikoun flowers which go back centuries, but have a sophisticated, classic look that plays well with contemporary fashions. This is an intensive silversmithing handcraft. This is...

  • Till death do us part - Obituary, Siphrachanh Ky Sisombat (1939-2016)

    02 January 2017 ( #Ceremony, #rites )

    Sixty years of love, of life together. How will I continue without you? How will I fill my days? I know these are questions Bouasambhon has been asking herself since the loss of her husband Siphrachanh on November 19th, 2016 - and that many of us will...

  • Phakhouan plates

    07 April 2016 ( #phakhouan )

    In a post dated Sept 30, 2015, the Facebook page Art and Culture of Laos explains that in Luang Prabang, the phakhouan of the wedding consists of a footed bowl (ຂັນ) that you put on in a bowl (ໂອ) with the bowl representing the bride while the footed...

  • Words for wedding

    02 April 2016 ( #Videos, #words, #phakhouan )

    I like this video for the mophone's words when welcoming the groom's family. These are codified "are you coming with good intentions, to build and prosper?" ... "we are coming to be your son, your nephew..." The flower bouquet of the phakhouan is beautifully...

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