Kriang Men's Tote Bag by Ock Pop Tok (LAOS)
The Lamam City Backpack bags are handwoven by the Kriang, an ethnic group from Lamam township in southern Laos’ Sekong Province. The Kriang use backstrap looms to weave naturally dyed cotton textiles filled with nature and animist motifs. 100% leather straps add durability and comfort. The Kriang people are an ethnic group that can only be found in Laos. They live in the mountains of southern Laos in three provinces, Sekong, Salavan and Champasak. Their population in Laos is estimated at just over 15,000 people. The Kriang speak a Mon Khmer language that is similar to Katu. OPT started working withthis group after our co-founder Veomanee Douangdala met them in 2016 at a handicrafts festival in Vientiane. She was attracted to their weaving style which depicts their lifestyle in their textiles. The Kriang use only organic cotton and natural dyes in their weavings. They weave on a unique backstrap loom that wraps around their back and their feet as they sit on the ground. OPT is working with them to diversify their product range by developing new products based on traditions but innovated for the modern market. OPT is also working with them to increase their market access. Made by Kriang artisans part of OPT's Village Weavers Project. Dimensions 43.5 cm x 40 cm. Dispatch time 10 days.