Artisans Angkor silk

22 April 2012


The textile stories of Cambodia are published on the website! Discover the portraits of Kikuo Morimoto and his Institute for Khmer textiles, the weaving trainer Neakru from Banteay Chmar, or Thea who handles the natural dyes in Phnom Penh.

As a bonus, I am presenting you the beautiful Khmer crafts house called Artisans d’Angkor, based in Siem Reap. During my trip, I had the chance to visit the training center and the Silk Farm located in Puok, a few kilometers from the city.

Artisans d’Angkor carries a social project and has been created in 1992. It aims to perpetuate all the craft skills from the traditional Khmer culture: stone and wood carving, lacquering, gilding … And silk! Young crafts people between 18 and 25 years old, coming from rural communities are recruited and then trained in the Chantiers-Ecoles for Professional Training.

The Silk Farm shows the whole process of silk, since the breeding of silkworms, how to obtain the yarn, the dyeing and weaving process. The success of this firm is a great demonstration, with the refinement and beauty of their products coming from their workshops, but also as a model of professional development and training. There are over 2,500 young people who have been trained in the last 10 years.

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