Photo Du Jour #46: Street Art For Sale in Luang Prabang

With vivid strokes and vibrant hues, images of the Buddha, saffron-clad monks and shimmering banyan trees are depicted on handmade paper. The pictures are for sale in Luang Prabang’s markets and in streetside stands.


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8 Comments on “Photo Du Jour #46: Street Art For Sale in Luang Prabang

    • What’s wonderfully tempting is that these lovely pictures (I’m particularly drawn to the trees) are so affordable — just a few dollars! If only I didn’t fear they’d get all crumpled in my backpack during our travels… Thanks for dropping in, Cassie!

    • Perhaps you can swing by when you swoop back to your home continent! Luang Prabang has one of best handicraft markets I’ve ever seen – it was a bit easier to shop as a single gal during my first trip there, hence my limited purchases this time around! It’s always good to have a hubby ask if something is really needed, though, otherwise my luggage would be extremely obese! :-)

  1. Sometimes picking up the street art is worth the risk of getting crumpled. Especially if your travel plans don’t have you swinging back there again. I was lucky one time to find a unique block print at a farmers’ market in Lyon many years ago and to this day it still proudly hangs on my wall reminding me of my travels.

    • I so agree! When I tiptoed through Luang Prabang on a 3-week SE Asian adventure in 2009, I purchased a lovely picture similar to these – with Buddha seated under a banyan tree. By the time the rolled piece of art had made it home, it had creases – a now-charming addition that reminds me of the journey the picture went on. It’s now one of the favorites that seems so at home with my other items from around the world. Perhaps now seeing the freedom that can come from having less, I’m trying to minimize my new acquisitions though. :)

      Your block print sounds lovely! Being a francophile, I have a soft spot for French antiques and trinkets.

    • Jane, as I looked at them more closely, I was wondering if perhaps they could be duplicated back home. Just as many of the temples in Luang Prabang are decorated with stencils, I think the same technique may apply with these pictures. The challenge might be in finding large sheets of beautifully-handmade paper, though!

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