Here’s a quick six minutes of inspiration for you: the story of Carol Cassidy, a weaver from Connecticut who has lived and worked in Laos for 30 years, preserving, celebrating, and promoting the ancient traditions of handmade textiles. You think you know a little bit about the world, then whammo: you hear about Vientiane, Laos, and you feel like an idiot.
Here’s the PBS NewsHour story: “The weaver who helped resurrect an endangered Lao artform.”
And here’s the website for Lao Textiles, which frankly makes me yearn for more photos of this extraordinary weaving. The intricacy of these weavings is hard to fathom. Maybe two centimeters a day come from a day’s work.
[Runs off to Google “Lao Textiles,” “Let’s Go Laos,” “how to pack duffel bag with textiles.”]
(photos © Ock Pop Tok)