If you take a walk on the main street of Luang Prabang (and it is impossible not to), you will be sure to notice the shop called Caruso Lao. It stands out too much to be missed. Your first reaction may even be a thought that you have accidentally stumbled on one of the best design stores in the world. The black-and-white handmade ebony bowls, smooth as silk, are every designer's dream - an aesthetic and tactile pleasure. Natural silk shawls, cushions, silk bed spreads - everything handmade, everything produced here in Laos. Sandra Yuck is a Canadian who has spent the best part of her life in Hong Kong working in the fashion industry and first visited Luang Prabang in 1988 with a French client. Sandra recalls being shocked by the quiet of the city after the frenetic life in Hong Kong and thinking that this might be the ideal place to spend her retirement. And yet she returned much sooner than that - and came back to stay. "That was the best thing that had ever happened to me. I am now doing exactly what I have always wanted to." Everything you see at Caruso Lao is designed by Sandra Yuck and made in Laos, everything is handmade. These are things with a very special aura and definitely the best souvenirs you could ever bring home from Laos. After you leave your shoes at the bottom of the staircase (it is a Laotian tradition, shoes are left outside not only at temples but also at home), don't forget to inspect the second floor which the owner calls her gallery - the large room is furnished like an actual flat, making the most of Sandra Yuck's sense of design. A shelf in the corner of the shop displays a photograph of the owner with Mick Jagger. Sir Mick, of course, has also done some shopping here - it is practically impossible not to.
60 Sakkaline Road
Ban Vat Sene
Keywords: Luang Prabang, shop, silk shop, interier, design