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Weaving into bokeh

Laos is the most laid back country I have been to. You cannot take it at your pace. You have to go with the flow - meander around the town on foot, take a boat down the Mekong, get up early in the morning to watch the monks receive alms. This is as close to the romantic Indochina you can get.

 

The entire city of Luang Prabhang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - "It is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions."

 

There are many home-shops where you can witness the entire cloth weaving process from scratch and buy directly from the artist. You need an amazing amount of skill and patience to master these looms. There are some classes where you can try your hand at it.

 

But, the monks are the real fabric that weaves the entire city together.

 

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Luang Prabang, Laos

2009

 

Arjun Purkayastha · travel & fine art photography ·

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Taken on January 2, 2009