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In a town filled to the brim with cheaply made, poor quality Chinese goods, it’s important to remember that Udomxai province is home to several ethnic minorities trying to maintain their handicraft traditions.

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At the unremarkably named PMC, an acronym for the Productivity and Marketing Center of Oudomxay, a shop sells and promotes handicrafts made in villages around the province. There are natural-dyed cotton scarves and blankets, as well as the exquisite and rare kheuapiad. Fibre from kheuapiad vines are split and laboriously twisted by hand to form a string, then twisted together with others to form a thicker and stronger string that is then hand woven into cool-looking bags. We think the prices at the shop are too cheap for the amount of work and skill that goes into the products, but this means you can buy more. Buy some one-of-a-kind handmade items unique to Udomxai and support the villages.

The PMC shop is located on the road to Phongsali, beside the Department of Industry and Commerce, a block from Charming Lao Hotel. It looks like a government building but follow the driveway up the hill.

For those interested in getting hands on, the Provincial Tourism Information Centre (T: (081) 212 483 can organise a handicraft workshop at an ethnic Tai Lue village Ban Yor, 57 kilometres from Udomxai. The village is famous for its cotton weaving, pottery and bamboo basketry and you can try your hand at all three. The two-day program includes Ban Thameun, another Tai Lue weaving village, and a forest walk to Tad Nam Chae waterfall.

Ban Pasak Village, Oudomxay
Mon–Fri, 08:00-12:00, 13:30-16:30
T: (081) 212 803

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