Phaeng Mai Gallery
When the war occurred in Laos in the 1970s, my family barely escaped with our lives from northern Laos to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. The only thing we could bring from home was the sample of traditional woven textiles from our home region. After my father passed away, my mother weaved textiles and raised me and my three siblings alone. When I was small, the loom was a toy for us. I naturally learned how to weave seeing my mother weaving with the loom. The first time I weaved an entire textile was when I became a first grade student at elementary school.
I thought that to have technical skills is not enough to succeed in business. Therefore, I decided to study abroad, and went to Australia to study business.
I understand weavers have their keen wits about their technique and design, although sometimes we have to convince them with the marketing data. Sometimes, I also have to work as an international person. It is hard to switch my mind-set in different situations.
It is very important to create and produce new designs, otherwise customers get bored and they will leave us. We also use leftover, old design products. We weave again and recycle them. Woven textiles are a precious memory for me, especially memories of my mother. Textiles kept us living when we were poor; they are everything in my life. I will keep working hard to spread this tradition.
- Phaeng Mai Gallery
- Production and sales of woven textiles, exporting woven textiles