Using a bicycle wheel to spin silk threads Using a bicycle wheel to spin silk threads
28 Sep 2012

This lady was spinning manually by hand a bicycle wheel without tyre to extract quality silk thread. Around her were neatly arranged spools of shiny silk thread. They were ready to be used by her fellow colleagues to weave silk fabric.

Here in the Puok District, just 15 kilometers away from Siem Reap, is the silk production farm and factory managed by Artisans d'Angkor. Rural underprivileged village girls are given the opportunity to learn the long-lost traditional techniques of silk dyeing and weaving through a 6-month training. Once completed, they are given jobs to make a living with dignity. That is one of the objectives of Chantiers-Écoles de Formation Professionnelle (CEFP) when it set up Artisans d'Angkor in 1998; to increase the income and lift up the rural folks from poverty.

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Josh For some, it's shopping therapy. Others, movie therapy. Yet more, reading therapy. For me, it's writing therapy.
Why writing? When I travel, I enjoy first-hand the experience like in shopping therapy. But when I write about my travels, I live vicariously the experience again, as if like a movie sequel (or more like GroundHog Day, except that this is fun!). Yes, writing evokes the memories, the fun and the not-so-fun but all-in-all it gives the satisfaction of reliving the sense of place once more.
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