Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017

 

In Laos Sourcing: Wooden craft buyers can find:

Verified exporters – Featured suppliers offering various wooden crafts

Products – Fullcolor images with specifications & prices

Supply market intelligence – Supply centers, industry trends, challenges, production and pricing

To read the full report, click on the section tabs below.

Sector highlightsSuppliers & productsIndustry overviewProduct featuresPDF downloadSupplier list

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017 Sector highlights

Industry overviewExport dataProduct features
  • Laos wooden crafts go mainly to local temples, and the domestic and overseas tourism industry.

  • Wooden crafts from the country include animal statues, vases, religious art, tableware and dinnerware.

  • Small and midsize operations make up the majority of the industry.
  • Laos exported about $2.1 million worth of wooden products in 2015, including frames for paintings, tableware, jewelry cases, statuettes and other ornaments.

  • Japan was the top importer of these products.

  • The other key markets were Thailand, China and the US.
  • Padauk, rosewood, teak and ebony are some of the timber species used in wooden crafts from Laos.

  • Most of the timber used in wooden crafts come from the provinces of Salavan, Xekong, Sayaboury and Luang Prabang.

  • Carving one piece can take from three days to several weeks, depending of the size and design.

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017 Suppliers & products

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts - Suppliers & products

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017

• Home decor • Religious art • Tableware & dinnerware • Others

Our team has visited all Laos manufacturers featured here to verify their export capability. Each has a website on GlobalSources.com with full company details, product images with specifications, manufacturing capability and complete contact details.

Click suppliers’ names below to view their full profiles and product offerings on GlobalSources.com.

Sections


Products

Below is a selection of products from our featured suppliers. Click on the images to find more products and supplier information.

For a complete listing of the featured suppliers, click here.

Home decor   
Laos wooden crafts Lao Design Asian arowanaLaos wooden crafts C-King apex vaseLaos wooden crafts C-King plum vaseLaos wooden crafts Lao Design lucky mouse
Religious art   
Laos wooden crafts Houngchaleun lucky BuddhaLaos wooden crafts C-King BuddhaLaos wooden crafts C-King Kuan YinLaos wooden crafts Lao Design Buddha with children
Tableware & dinnerware   
Laos wooden crafts C-King duo tea cupLaos wooden crafts C-King bowlLaos wooden crafts Houngchaleun fruit trayLaos wooden crafts C-King tea cup
Others   
Laos wooden crafts C-King name card boxLaos wooden crafts Houngchaleun name card plusLaos wooden crafts C-King cigarette caseLaos wooden crafts Houngchaleun name card box

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017 Industry overview

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts - Suppliers & products

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017

• Home decor • Religious art • Tableware & dinnerware • Others

This section discusses key issues affecting export manufacturers in Laos, offering insight into industry composition and important supply centers.

Laos wooden craft exportsCompetitive advantagesChallengesIndustry composition
  • Wooden craft exports from Laos include animal statues, vases, religious art, tableware and dinnerware.

  • Laos exported about $2.1 million worth of wooden products in 2015, including frames for paintings, tableware, jewelry cases, statuettes and other ornaments.

  • Japan was the top importer of these products.
  • Laos has several villages which serve as home to woodworkers whose skills and techniques have been passed down from previous generations.

  • Suppliers also benefit from being able to source their timber requirements locally.

  • Another factor enabling makers to grow their businesses is the support that government and private organizations provide.
  • Among the major challenges facing the industry is high logistics cost.

  • Another factor impeding the growth of the industry is limited knowledge about exporting and related processes.

  • Wooden craft makers also suffer from a shortage of raw materials.
  • The industry consists mostly of small and midsize enterprises.

  • The main production hubs for wooden crafts are Vientiane and the provinces of Champasak, Luang Prabang and Savannakhet.

  • Most makers are located near business centers.

Exports

Laos artisans create various wooden products, most of which go to local temples and the tourism industry—both in Laos and abroad.

Wooden crafts from Laos include statues, vases and other home decor, religious art, tableware and dinnerware.

To expand market reach, many suppliers are offering small, everyday items such as cigarette and lighter cases and name card holders. Makers are also catering to the growing number of eco-conscious consumers by offering wooden crafts made from branches, roots and other leftover wood.There are no official statistics on Laos’ wooden craft exports. Data extracted from the DESA/UNSD, United Nations Comtrade database, however, show that the country exported approximately $2.1 million worth of wooden products under HS codes 4414, 4419 and 4420 in 2015. Exports included wooden frames for paintings, photographs, mirror and similar objects; tableware and kitchenware; cases for jewelry, cutlery and similar articles; statuettes; and other ornaments.

Japan was the top importer of these wooden products in 2015, accounting for nearly $1.4 million. The other key markets were Thailand, China and the US.

Laos wooden craft exports

Competitive advantages

Several conditions support the growth of Laos’ wooden crafts industry. For one, with Laos’ long history of woodworking, carvers whose skills have been passed down from previous generations are found across the country.

Ban Nong Bueng in Champasak province, which is home to an indigenous group called the Ta Oy, is a village known for its wood carvings. For many Ta Oy families, carving and farming are the main sources of income.

Suppliers also benefit from being able to source their wood requirements locally. Laos’ forest cover was estimated at 9.5 million hectares in 2010, or 40 percent of its total land area, according to information posted on the REDD desk, citing the country’s Department of Forestry. The country aims to bring back forest cover to 70 percent of the land area by 2020.

Another factor enabling wooden craft makers to grow their businesses is the support that government and private organizations provide the handicraft sector. For one, Laos has signed free trade agreements with several countries, including Vietnam and Thailand. As a member of the ASEAN, it is also a signatory of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the ASEAN-Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (ASEAN-ANZ FTA).

The Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), together with the Lao Handicraft Association and other groups, organizes festivals, trade shows and other events to promote local handicrafts to local and foreign buyers.

The Lao Handicraft Association’s efforts also include working with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to improve the quality of local products and boost exports. Under the Gift Project, experts from Japan conducted seminars that provided Laos makers information on packaging, product development and trends.

Challenges

Laos wooden craft makers have to deal with several issues in their efforts to expand market reach.

One of the major challenges is high logistics cost. Being a landlocked country, Laos has to transport exports through bordering countries such as Vietnam and Thailand, resulting in high costs and longer lead times.

Products are usually exported via DHL, Lao Freight Forwarder Co. and Express Mail Service. Buyers bringing the products to their countries themselves is also another way wooden crafts from Laos reach overseas markets. The cost of sending an item from Laos to Hong Kong, for instance, can exceed $ 10.00 per kilogram.

Another factor impeding the growth of the industry is limited knowledge about exporting and related processes, as well as trends in overseas markets. Many wooden craft makers are small family businesses with little or no experience in exporting. Laos’ efforts on forest preservation, for one, have resulted in certifications and documentation requirements that most SMEs cannot afford or are not familiar with.

Wooden craft makers, as well as other wood processing companies, also suffer from a shortage of raw materials. As part of efforts to conserve its forests and provide local woodworking companies enough supply, Laos has banned exportation of unprocessed wood and products such as large-sized boards, laminated beams and decking.

Industry composition

There are no official statistics on the number of wooden craft suppliers in Laos. Most makers are small or midsize establishments with fewer than 100 employees.

Wooden craft makers belong to the forest product processing industry, which also includes producers of furniture and sawn wood. Several furniture suppliers offer smaller wooden crafts as well.

The main hubs for the production of wooden crafts are Vientiane and the provinces of Champasak, Luang Prabang and Savannakhet. Manufacturers of wooden crafts are typically located near business centers because these are their main markets.

Supplier locations map

Laos wooden craft supplier locations map

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017 Product features

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts - Product features

Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017

• Home decor • Religious art • Tableware & dinnerware • Others

This section offers information on how trends in materials, design and manufacturing are impacting prices offered by Laos wooden craft suppliers.

Buyers can also learn more about the materials used and the common price ranges of certain designs.

Sections


Materials & designsManufacturing & QCPricing
  • Padauk, rosewood, teak and ebony are some of the timber species used in wooden crafts from Laos.

  • Most of the timber used in wooden crafts come from the provinces of Salavan, Xekong, Sayaboury and Luang Prabang.

  • Some suppliers are expanding their selections to include products that will fit the contemporary lifestyle.
  • Preparation of the wood, carving and finishing are usually done in-house.

  • Carving one piece can take three to seven days, depending of the size and design.

  • Large models requiring complex, intricate artwork can take several weeks.
    • Wooden crafts from Laos are priced based on the material used, the complexity of the design and the size.

    • Models made of rosewood are usually priced higher than padauk versions.

    • Below $50, tableware such as fruit trays, bowls and teacups made of padauk, rosewood and ebony are available.

    Materials & designs

    Statues, tableware, jewelry cases and other wooden crafts from Laos come in various hardwood species, including padauk, rosewood, teak, bocote wood and ebony. Timber can be sourced from across the country, but most come from the provinces of Salavan, Xekong, Sayaboury and Luang Prabang.

    Wooden statues often depict the culture of Laos, China and other countries in Asia. This is most apparent in the selection of religious art, where carvings of Buddha, Kuan Yin and other important figures in Buddhism are common.

    Besides religious art, wooden statues from Laos also include carvings of indigenous flora and fauna, as well as those found in Thailand, China and other countries in Asia. The “Pixiu,” a creature resembling a winged lion in Chinese mythology, is among those commonly featured in wooden crafts.

    For tableware, the selection comprises plain round, rectangular and square designs, as well as novelty shapes and pieces featuring intricately carved details.

    Some suppliers are expanding their selections to include products that will fit the contemporary lifestyle. Wooden cases for smartphones, name cards, lighters and cigarettes are among the examples of these products.

    At many companies, most designs are created by the owner or the artisans. Besides cultural influences, trends in wooden and nonwooden crafts that are seen on the internet and at trade shows are sources of inspiration.

    Manufacturing & QC

    The creation of wooden crafts typically involves preparation of the wood, carving and finishing are done in-house.

    At most makers, these steps are all done in-house. Laos artisans do most of the woodwork, but some companies subcontract complex carvings to Vietnam artisans who live in the local neighborhood.

    Carving one piece can take three to seven days, depending of the size and design. Large models requiring complex, intricate artwork can take several weeks.

    Products are usually checked according to buyer specifications or the owner’s requirements.

    Pricing

    Wooden crafts from Laos are priced based on the material used, the complexity of the design and the size. Models made of rosewood, for instance, are generally priced higher than padauk versions. Designs with a greater number of carved details or more intricate carvings are also more expensive.

    In animal statues, teak, padauk or rosewood models that are up to 30cm in height are available for less than $50. Larger models made of padauk, blackwood, ebony or rosewood are more expensive.

    Among religious art, a 15x14x27cm rosewood figure of Buddha is priced at $200. A 50x20x30cm padauk statue of Buddha with a gourd is available for $120, while a 35x50x90cm piece depicting Buddha with several children goes for $550.

    For vases, a 7x7x26cm padauk model is available for $20. Macassar ebony plum vases ranging from 30 to 40cm in height are sold for $50, while designs in black and white ebony that are 25 to 40cm tall can reach $150.

    For less than $50, tableware such as fruit trays, bowls and teacups made of padauk, rosewood and ebony are available. The selection in this price range also includes name card boxes and cigarette cases in the same materials.

    Price guide

    Price guide: Animal statues
    Less than $50
    Elephant, dog, pig or mouse; teak, padauk or rosewood; polished; up to 30cm in height
    $50 to $120
    Asian arowana or horse; padauk, blackwood or rosewood; polished; more carved or intricate details; up to 40cm in height
    More than $120
    Bengal tiger, horse or buffalo; padauk, ebony or rosewood; polished; more carved or intricate details; more than 40cm in height

    Click image to enlarge.

    Laos wooden crafts - Wooden statues

    Price guide: Religious art
    Less than $120
    Statue of Kuan Yin or Buddha; rosewood; polished; up to 30cm in height
    $120 to $200
    Statue of Kuan Yin or Buddha; padauk, teak or rosewood; polished; more carved or intricate details; up to 30cm
    More than $200
    Statue of Kuan Yin or Buddha; padauk, teak, ebony or rosewood or ebony wood; polished; more carved or intricate details; more than 30cm in height
    Laos wooden crafts - Religious art
    Price guide: Tableware
    Less than $20
    Teacup; padauk or teak; polished; 10x10x9cm
    $20 to $40
    Bowl; black and white ebony; polished; 19x19x8.5cm
    More than $40
    Fruit tray; black and white ebony; polished; 25x25x5cm
    Laos wooden crafts - Tableware

    Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017 PDF download

    Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts - Suppliers & products

    Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017

    • Home decor • Religious art • Tableware & dinnerware • Others

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

    Click on the download button to get a PDF copy of the full report, which contains the following:

    Supplier & products

    Sections


    • Sample products
    • Laos wooden craft suppliers

    Industry overview

    Sections


    • Highlights
    • Exports
    • Competitive advantages
    • Challenges
    • Industry composition
    • Laos wooden craft suppliers

    Chart


    • Wooden craft exports
    • Supplier locations map

    Product features

    Sections


    • Highlights
    • Materials & designs
    • Manufacturing & QC
    • Pricing
    • Price guide
    • Laos wooden craft suppliers

    Laos Sourcing: Wooden crafts 2017 Supplier list

    Laos wooden craft suppliers

    Click company names below marked Active to view verified suppliers and products featured on GlobalSources.com.

    Suppliers featured on
    Supplier statusHome decorReligious artTableware
    & dinnerware
    Others
    C-King HandicraftActive 
    Houngchaleun HandicraftActive