CAMBODIA : land of silk and cotton

Overcoming a complex history, Cambodians have kept exceptional crafts.

You just need to go visit the Angkor civilization temples and have a look at the wonderful work of bas-relief, the precision and refinement of these lace stones, to understand that Cambodians have an extraordinary sense of handicraft talent. Stone carving, silver and finally weaving … This is the country of Krama, a check woven cotton but also of the most extraordinary ikats, the “hôl” in Khmer. Cambodia is the second destination of the digital travel World Textile & Artisans.

In February 2012, I have been on a road trip in the country to meet local actors involved in the rehabilitation of Cambodian textile know-how. Reviving these traditional techniques has a social and ethical purpose, to promote inter-generational transmission, fight against rural exodus and improve the lives of families by providing them a steady income. We will discover how to make natural dyes, the rebirth of golden silk or the complexities and splendor of traditional ikat weaving … Discover there the landscapes and sensations of Cambodia and the textiles stories below.

Thea and the natural dyes
 

Thea knows all the secrets of natural dyes. He has learned everything at Goel Community, a humanitarian NGO in Phnom…
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Kikuo Morimoto, the soul of ikat
 

Kikuo Morimoto is bearing his age quite well. Twenty years ago, he has left Japan to settle in Siem Reap.…
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Neakru and her weaving apprentices
 

Neakru teaches weaving in the “Soieries du Mekong” center, opened in 2001 in the idea of proposing an activity to…
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Life at the workshop in Banteay Chmar
 

The workshops are real life spaces. Here, in the village of Banteay Chmar, everybody knows the “Soieries du Mekong” silk…
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Revival of the golden silk
 

I have discovered the existence of silk with a golden color; it is produced by a rare, endangered species of…
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Mai, weaver from Takeo
 

Mai is fifty years old and she lives in the area of Takeo, 70 km South of Phnom Penh. She…
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Thea and the natural dyes

 

Kikuo Morimoto, the soul of ikat

 

Neakru and her weaving apprentices

 

Life at the workshop in Banteay Chmar

 

Revival of the golden silk

 

Mai, weaver from Takeo