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In a town that has cheaply made goods flowing through from China, Vietnam and Thailand, it’s important to remember that Udomxai province is home to several ethnic minorities trying to maintain their handicraft traditions. Here’s a few ways to see and support them.

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The unremarkably named PMC shop (an acronym for the Productivity and Marketing Center of Oudomxay) sells and promotes handicrafts made in villages around the province. Buy some one-of-a-kind handmade items unique to Udomxai like natural-dyed cotton scarves and blankets, as well as exquisite 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. Prices are a steal for the amount of work. 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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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