Lao textiles are known worldwide for the complexity of the techniques used and the richness of their patterns, as well as the ability and the patience of their creators. The development of tourism and the commonality of the products on the market would lead us to believe that this richness is threatened and that the quality of the textiles is declining.
The Quiet in the Land is presently organizing a Contemporary Creative Lao Textile Competition in Luang Prabang. The objective of this competition is to prove that the creative resources, the creators, and the originality that have contributed to building the exceptional reputation of Lao textiles still exist in Luang Prabang, and that this exceptional reputation can be maintained given the right conditions. An exhibition of all the works selected will be held at the Luang Prabang National Museum (former Royal Palace) from December 2005 to March 2006. An exhibition of historical Lao textiles will also be organized at the same time. The award-winning works will become part of the collection of the Museum.