There’s no charge to enter Lao Textiles, which makes a great shopping stop for unique, upmarket souvenirs, while the central location means most travelers won’t need transport or a guide. You may well find yourself stopping here on a curated, high-end Vientiane shopping tour, while private driver/guides will be happy to include a stop here on your itinerary and may be able to arrange a workshop tour in advance.
Things to Know Before You Go
Lao Textiles is a must for anyone with an interest in fabrics or fashion.
While inspired by traditional Lao designs, Carol Cassidy’s creations are contemporary and unique.
Hand-woven silk is a specialty here and an excellent choice to take home.
The showroom is on the second floor and not wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
Lao Textiles occupies an old colonial mansion in the heart of downtown Vientiane, about a mile southwest of Patuxai (Victory Monument) and a stone’s throw from Nam Phou Fountain. It’s an easy walk or short bicycle ride from many downtown attractions, although some travelers may wish to save time by exploring with a private driver/guide.
When to Get There
Lao Textiles is open in the mornings and the afternoons Monday to Friday, with a break for lunch in the middle of the day. It’s open on Saturday mornings only and closes on Sundays. The store and workshop are rarely busy, so visit at a time that suits you.
Carol Cassidy and Lao Textiles
Carol Cassidy’s textiles are held in such high regard that they’re in collections in Washington, New York, and beyond. Her custom silks grace the showrooms of luxury brands as far afield as Paris, London, and Milan. She studied under Alvar Aalto’s fabric designer and has been working in Laos, with Lao weavers, since 1989.
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