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The silk artisans of Siem Reap, Cambodia

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“Anyone interested in stopping at the silk farm?” someone shouted out to our group en route to Siem Reap from Battambang. No response. How exciting could silk worms be?, I thought to myself.

As we got closer to the city, the team I had been volunteering with during my stay in Cambodia got more excited about the temples we would visit and the giant buffet dinner we would eat – all in the name of celebrating the end of the year together.

The question remained.

Somehow the executive decision to stop at the silk farm was made and as the bus pulled up I felt less than enthusiastic.

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But boy was I wrong – again!

Seeing Cambodian handicrafts being made was actually really wonderful, in a watching-people-using-traditional-techniques-to-make-beautiful-things kind of way. It was also kind of wonderful because as a farewell gift for my volunteering efforts I received a pink and purple silk scarf (above) as a thank you. I had just experienced how nice it feels to wear delicate silk and had no idea how much time, attention to detail and patience goes in to creating the fabric. My scarf felt even more precious knowing that it can only be made because numerous silk worms, who spend their last twelve hours alive making love, create silk cocoons around themselves before they die. Kind of romantic huh?

The silk artisans are also just a small part of an organisation that is providing well respected jobs for people in rural areas who are interested in learning the ancient arts of silk-making, stone and wood carving, lacquering and painting. As a place of texture, colour, earthiness and tradition – all set in a beautiful garden just outside of Siem Reap, I highly recommend visiting Artisans Angkor.

Check out the handmade gorgeousness…

Kris

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