| || |
2011 Vientiane Wedding/Fashion Silk Sinhs with Scarves
Wet season ends, wedding season starts (Article in Vientiane Times Nov. 5, 2011)
"The three-month rains retreat for monks is over now that Buddhist Lent has ended. Monks can now leave temples after three months of renewing their spiritual vigor, meditating, studying and teaching.
The end of Buddhist Lent also marks the start of the wedding season in Laos. Once Lent is over, the wedding invitations start coming. Some people view it as a time of wasted money as they have to spend a lot with each wedding invitation they receive.
Women in particular spend a lot of money on wedding attire such as traditional skirts ( sinh ) and silk blouses. For those who are getting married the costs are far greater as they have to prepare and pay for the wedding ceremony. This is considered one of the most honorable duties for Lao women and a joyful occasion for her parents when they see their daughter honoring and respecting them by choosing a traditional wedding in her transition to starting a family. The wedding season is also a busy time for shops selling wedding attire and paraphernalia. A shopkeeper at the Morning Market Shopping Mall in Vientiane, Ms Keoudon Xayaphet, told Vientiane Times that since Lent ended last week she is seeing more and more customers every day. She sells a wide variety of sinh ranging in price from 800,000 kip to about 6 million kip. Some handmade bridal outfits fetch up to 20 million kip. [The exchange rate is currently about 8000 kip to $1]
Ms Keoudon explained that wedding outfits are more expensive than everyday sinh because they include more detailed decorations and patterning. The price of an outfit is based on the quality of the silk and the intricacy of the patterns. Some designs are difficult to make and take a long time to produce."
As you can imagine the cost of silk and paying for the time-consuming cost of handweaving and embroidering each sinh and scarf has dramatically risen over the last two years. The article above really does a great job in explaining why these sinhs and scarves are more expensive than traditional sinhs. Consequently we spent a lot of time looking at sinhs in the Morning Market in Vientiane until we found shops that offer the best quality and price.
Most of the sinhs in this collection have been SOLD and for our newer collection at the same price look under the 2012 collection.
Remember Lao sinhs need to be custom sewn! Once you have received the sinh fabric then you will need to have them sewn into a sinh. We wrote a blog post about this here