Phonthamit's Sage Scarf

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Phonthamit's Sage Scarf

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Hand-spun, natural hand-dyed, and handwoven indigenous cotton from Phonthamit, an artisan weaver in Xiong Lek Village, Luang Prabang, Laos.

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Size: 60" x 16"

Material: Hand-spun, natural hand-dyed, and handwoven indigenous cotton

Weaver/Region: Phonthamit, Xang Khong, Laos

Care: Gentle wash or hand wash in cold water with mild soap. Do not soak. Line dry or tumble dry low. Iron as needed.

Her shop was before all the rest in Ban Xangkhong, the famed weaving and paper village. She was at her floor loom and welcomed me in, proceeding to show me everything, telling me this and that as I nodded and smiled.

I spoke no Lao, and she no English, but somehow there seemed to be an understanding. She was proud to show me her textiles, indicating she did it all, beautiful designs hanging from floor to ceiling, and neatly stacked on tables.

Her handmade cotton scarves caught my attention, the color range, simple designs with looping details, soft yet rich colors. I fell in love with them.

Google Translate did help after awhile, at least from English to Lao, but frustratingly not yet available from Lao to English. Calculators are also good at communicating, at least when cost and negotiation comes into play. Her one English word was "lucky', as she tapped the Lao Kip I gave her on the other textiles "lucky, lucky, lucky" like a mantra.

I stayed for a while afterward, she continued to talk with me, showing me family pictures at this point of her only daughter, and offering me a cold drink. 

It was a great afternoon. Lucky, lucky, lucky to have met her.