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This is the main showroom of Artisans d'Angkor in Siem Reap. The finished handicrafts of the various workshops are displayed for the viewing pleasure of visitors as well as for sale.

There are wood and stone carvings of many recognizable ancient Khmer statues and bas reliefs found in the temples in Angkor. Silk products are also plentiful. During my visit, there was a certain French woman who just couldn't get enough of the high quality silk items. She purchased quite a big quantity of silk items here and later again at the Artisans d'Angkor silk factory about 15km away.

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.

For more info on Artisans d'Angkor, click here

 

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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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