Our Cambodian silk is an ecological textile fiber with numerous qualities : washable, souple, strong, soft and shiny. Feeling cool when it is hot and warm during the cold season, our silk is lightweight and pleasant to wear.
What is silk weaving in Cambodia?
At Artisans d’Angkor in Cambodia, the ancient art of silk weaving is preserved. When larvae of the moth species Bombyx mori spin their cocoons, they are then dried and boiled to extract the silk threads.
What is the importance of Cambodian silk?
Cambodian silk products are appreciated by tourists and foreign buyers for their various designs, quality, and hand weaving techniques. They became an important product group for the tourist market and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and traders started to develop export of silk items.
What are the 2 types of silk weaving in Cambodia?
Two main types of Cambodian weaving are ikat technique, complex patterned fabrics with tie-dyed portions of the weft yarn, and uneven twill created with single or two colour fabrics created with weaving three different threads.
What are the two main types of Cambodia waving?
There are two main types of Cambodian weaving. The ikat technique (Khmer: chong kiet), which produces patterned fabric, is quite complex. To create patterns, weavers tie-dye portions of weft yarn before weaving begins. Patterns are diverse and vary by region; common motifs include lattice, stars, and spots.
What are the dominant religion in Cambodia?
Buddhism is the official religion of Cambodia. Approximately 98% of Cambodia’s population follows Theravada Buddhism, with Islam, Christianity, and tribal animism as well as Baha’i faith making up the bulk of the small remainder.
What are the three important silk textiles in Cambodia?
There are three important silk textiles in Cambodia. They include the ikat silks (chong kiet in Khmer), or hol, the twill-patterned silks and the weft ikat textiles. Patterns are made by tying natural and synthetic fibers on the weft threads and then it is dyed.
What is the significance of artwork in Cambodia?
Weaving has been an important trade in Cambodia for centuries and textiles were used in trade during the Angkor period. Today, with the help of government initiatives, it is still popular and provides employment for many rural women. This traditional art form employs many layers of string to create cloth.
What is the color of Cambodian weaving?
Khmer textiles are dyed with five basic colours: yellow, red, green, blue and black. The country has long produced dyes for these colours. However, the war and deforestation severely damaged the production of these dyes, which is one of the main reasons it has been so important for us to regenerate the forest.