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The Language of Hemp: a Hmong story

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
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Jo, Lord Puttnam and Heather at the British Embassy in Laos. Lord David is the Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

5 reasons why Passa Paa loves Lord Puttnam.

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
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Modern Hmong women dressed up for New Year in Luang Prabang. A chance to show off the finest textiles, craftsmanship and design.

Hmong New Year in Luang Prabang

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
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