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Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women

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Address: Lane 19, Houey Hong Village | Chanthabury District, Vientiane 0100, Laos
Phone Number: +856 21 560 006
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08:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 08:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre trains Lao women in weaving, natural...

Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre trains Lao women in weaving, natural dyes, sewing, tailoring and business administration. Beautiful handwoven silk items are made on the premises, along with other products in a range of Lao textiles. Visitors can see the weaving and natural dyes, as part of the every day working environment at the centre. There is a retail shop, where handmade items of excellent quality can be purchased at reasonable prices. For those interested in textiles, or looking for a fun hands-on experience, there is a range of workshops ranging from a half day, full day, to several days. You can learn about natural dyes, and different weaving techniques.

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Full day - Weaving and Natual Dying

Taking a full day to dye scarfs and weave our own was fun, but tiring. The dying is done in the morning. You get to choice your pattern and color, then do the actual dying (which... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taking a full day to dye scarfs and weave our own was fun, but tiring. The dying is done in the morning. You get to choice your pattern and color, then do the actual dying (which is done differently depending on the color you choose). Colors green and purple take extra long to dye and if you're doing the full... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Great experience. Good teachers, helpful and kind. Choose your own pattern and colors for a scarf, then they walk you through making it yourself. Great fun and good learning experience. Even my 8 year old boy loved it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Had an incredible experience. I was the only one on this morning class, the pick up and drop off were smooth. The class itself was excellent and the two teachers, Mimi and Momo, were super nice and had great English. My two products turned out well. I helped crush the nuts to dye my scarf and it's pretty funny how... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We had a wonderful visit to the Houey Hong Vocational Center. The staff was more than nice and helped us pick out patterns for dying our own silk scarves. The end product was beautiful and the experience was great. I highly recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I went for a half day and was still able to do weaving and dying. It was very interesting and the lady who worked with me explained everything she could to me in English. She also was always around to help me if I got stuck at a certain moment. I would recommend this quiet place to anyone who can... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Both the weaving and dying activities were a little superficial; I was expecting to go deeper in the time available - still it was fun to do and we were looked after very well. Taxis in Lao seem inordinately expensive compared to Thailand - next time I think I'd try and take a bus ;)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

This was a fun experience and a nice thing to do while in Vientienne and easy to fit in even if you have a tight schedule. You are guided through the entire process. They don't let you be very creative though which would have been a bit more interesting, but it is a good cause and you get a beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

I went for a full day. 1/2 dying and 1/2 weaving. I was joined by 3 others for the morning dying. I chose yellow which was the easiest - just stir the boil for 30 minutes. I got to watch and see the others doing other colours, and take some pictures. The women at the centre were very helpful, they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

We enjoyed a morning at the Womens Centre and were met by manager Sengmany V. and trainee Ztammy. They took us on a tour and explained the weaving and tie dyeing which is taught to the women with training from start to finish on how to produce and market their skills. Then we enjoyed the next 3hrs making our own... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

I just loved the experience. I spent one afternoon there dyeing a scarf. First, when you get there you choose color and print. I chose green so I had to dye it in two colors - blue and then in yellow. Yellow and blue scarfs are dyed in only one dye as they are primary colors. The entire process was... More 

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