High in the misty mountains of Northern Laos the rare sounds of Hmong weaving can be heard. With the end of hemp harvest in October, the yarns are prepared and weaving begun. Like all textile producers in Laos, the Hmong make items for the household like blankets and bags, for clothing, and for ceremonial purposes. Traditionally, the fabric of choice would be hemp. Nowadays, as they move down from the highlands, many
The other week the British Embassy in Vientiane, Laos invited Passa Paa to meet Lord David Puttnam. In 2012, he was elected as David Cameron’s Trade Envoy to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. In October 2013 Lord David spent 2 days in Laos visiting and meeting with British businesses and even gave a seminar to aspiring filmmakers here in Laos. For those of you who live in a cave and dont know – Lord David Pu
Design week in LA saw Passa Paa on its first outing to the west coast. The super cool Couer Show organised by Henri and team was at the Cooper Design Building in downtown LA. LA home to designers and purveyors of fine goods we love: Kelly Wearstler, Mohawk General Store and Spindle & Canister, to name but a few. San Francisco’s De Young Museum stocks Passa Paa as does Aggregate Supply on Valencia.
The Passa Paa team went in search of new inspiration and where better than at Hmong New Year (Nor Phe Chao). The 7 day festival fell in the middle of December, it was the first new moon in a 12-moon cycle. Bringing people together from many villages, it is here that couples are paired off. A game called pov pob is played where girls and boys stand in rows throwing a ball to one another, much frivolity takes plac
This summer has seen the launch of Passa Paa’s first collection, inspired by the Hmong tribes of northern Laos. There have been any months of hard work in the Passa Paa design studio, nestled on the banks of the Mekong river in Luang Prabang. The uncoincedental arrival of a pro-style espresso machine from Bangkok allowed the team to expediently meet deadlines. They wear many hats ranging from creativity an