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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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Fifteen kilometers away from Siem Reap town, there is a silk production farm run by Artisans d'Angkor. This silk centre is funded by the Cambodian and French governments to train girls from the surrounding villages in the art of silk weaving. Others are involved in the pre-production processes such as growing mulberry trees, processing raw silkworm cocoons, dyeing silk threads and spooling dyed silk into spools of ready-to-use silk threads.

Artisans d'Angkor was initiated in 1998 by Chantiers-Écoles de Formation Professionnelle (CEFP), a joint effort by the Cambodian and French governments. CEFP itself was originally started in 1992 to provide vocational training in Angkorian craftmanship such as stone carving, wood carving, lacquering, silk weaving and silver plating.

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This image was taken at the Artisans d'Angkor showcase workshop near the Old Market and Pub Street in Siem Reap. Tools were scattered all over the work table and there was a piece of carving serving as a model. Looks like a dancing apsara.

Artisans d'Angkor was set up by Chantiers-Écoles de Formation Professionnelle (CEFP), a local French NGO in 1998. The objective was to revive the Angkorian skills which brought about the fine handiwork in the ancient city of Angkor and to provide jobs by giving training to the disadvantaged rural youths. Trainees were granted six months specialized training before given jobs which they could earn a living in the 42 workshops in the Siem Reap province.

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Josh For some, it's shopping therapy. Others, movie therapy. Yet more, reading therapy. For me, it's writing therapy.
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