Silk making

As we are hoping at some point in the future to knit with local silk yarn, I ‘investigated’ the silk making process at the fair in Siem Reap a few weeks ago. There were two booths set up that sold locally produced silk, one which displayed the silk making process and the other, the silk weaving process. Just because it’s really interesting, I’m posting the wormy photos here with a brief explanation of what’s going on. First, very little, tiny, tiny worms. So tiny you can’t really see them, but I promise they are there. The worms eat and eat and eat mulberry leaves and get bigger. They keep gorging and get bigger and juicier. Yum, big juicy silk worms. After a few weeks of non-stop eating action, the silk worms decide it is time to move onto the next stage in life and hide themselves in a cocoon of beautiful, golden silk. Unfortunately, for the silk worms, humans love silk and the only way to get it from the cocoon is to boil the unsuspecting worms alive. Silk is not vegan-friendly. The threads of many cocoons are spun together into a single thread. Slowly each cocoon is unraveled back to its origin, a now expired silk worm, which like anything organic, can be eaten. And finally, after dying using local natural dyes, from bark, leaves, indigo, the finished product: silk. Unfortunately, like so many things, silk production was all but decimated under the Pol Pot regime and has yet to recover. There are a couple organizations working to help revive the industry, but it’s a slow process. Most...

Cinderella

And now, for our fourth and final sales location in Siem Reap: Cinderella. The shop is located near Red Pizza in the Old Market area of the city. Samneang, our accountant (shared with NETPRO-Cambodia, but I always joke with him that working for us is so much better), is heading to SR this weekend to change all the tags to the updated ones and put kramas on all the animals that used to have bows. This way he gets to meet the store owners, finalize our consignment contracts and answer any questions. And he gets a trip to SR which he is very excited about. The shop looks really cute! I didn’t get a chance to visit when I was in SR, so this is my first look at it too. The multi-tiled wall is lovely and colourful and I like the overall look of it. Will have to drop in next time I’m in...

Ryun Patterson

My good friend Eric Vandenbrink sent my daughter Sotheary an awesome Cambodia Knits animal for Christmas–she loves it!  She loves it! And her grandma, who just moved here to Chicago from PP in August, was proud that her granddaughter had such a righteous toy to play with that was made in Cambodia. Ryun Patterson,...

Helena Barkla

I just wanted to say that my kids received a set of these puppets for christmas, and they absolutely LOVE them … so well-made, really fun and such a worthy cause. Well done!!! Helena Barkla, Canada 
Joe-to-Go Cafe

Joe-to-Go Cafe

Another location where you can find Cambodia Knits products in Siem Reap is at Joe-to-Go Cafe. The cafe is located near the Old Market and serves tasty food and delicious coffee. It’s the business of The Global Child, an NGO working with street children in Siem Reap, ensuring they have access to education and a path out of poverty. More about the organization here. Mony with our display in the boutique above the...

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