The Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women provides training and a workspace for women from small villages near Vientiane.e center was created in 1998, with support from the Japanese Association for Supporting Women and Lao Children and the Association for Providing Jobs for Lao Women. The center has also received additional support from the Japanese Government organisation Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Additional funding is provided by fees paid by visitors attending 1/2, one and two day workshops as well as from sales of the textiles created at the center at the center showroom, a few local Vientiane shops and at retail outlets in Japan.
We attended workshops over 2-days with the first day devoted primarily to tie dying a silk scarf, which included a lesson in the preparation of natural dyes as well as folding techniques to achieve desired patterns.
We were picked up from our river front the hotel by the center’s van and transported about 4 miles to the center in the Houey Hong Village.
Click here to reach the Houey Hong Centre for Women home page.