Soa is the Lao word for "dark" and we use it to describe a mix of dark shades dyed using this natural plant dye process. Due to variation in the vines, time of year the vines are harvested, and natural dye process, Soa bags range from very dark blue-black, to shades of gray, to coppery brown in color. Soa includes some bags that are mottled, striped, and two-toned. Soa bags are stunningly beautiful.
Many soa bags are dyed using a natural plant dye. Khmu artisans boil the bark from two different trees along with the leaves from another plant to create a dark dye bath for the JungleVine® Fiber. Next the fiber is soaked in mud and then rinsed.