In Lao history, young girls often did not have the opportunity to go to school. Instead, their mothers “home-schooled” them in the invaluable art of weaving. A woman’s “marriage value” was often assessed based on the quality of her weaving. As such, young girls typically apprenticed beside their mothers on the loom, improving their skills so that by their teen years, they could produce intricate designs fitting of a king, literally. The artisan women of today have a modified version of these values, and their hand woven scarves are symbolic of this rich history of weaving.