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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Mo Lam, Master in Lam

    16 May 2016 ( #music )

    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...

  • A wealthy Lao wedding in Vientiane

    22 April 2017 ( #Videos )

    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...

  • Joel Halpern collection

    02 April 2016 ( #research )

    Joel Halpern is an American anthropologist who worked in Laos in 1957, 1959 and 1969, with a particular focus on the Lao elite. He initially went to Laos as a Junior Foreign Service Officer attached to USOM, the U.S. Operations Mission, in January 1957...

  • Tying a traditional bun

    27 April 2016 ( #hairstyle )

    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...

  • Archives from Overseas

    04 May 2016 ( #research )

    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...

  • Intro to Lao cuisine

    08 May 2016 ( #cuisine )

    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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