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Artisans d'Angkor

Who we are

True inside and beautiful outside, Artisans Angkor
Artisans Angkor was created in 1999 to help young people find work in their home villages, allowing them to practice their crafts while providing them with a vocation. It was created as part of a three-year project to integrate young artisans trained by the Chantiers-Ecoles de Formation Professionnelle - whose objective is to revive traditional craft skills (stone carving, wood carving, lacquering, gilding and silk processing). We place a strong emphasis on the authenticity of its products to the Khmer culture. In 2003, we became a limited company with minor public participation and are now completely self-financed.

What we do

We have created over 1,000 jobs for both artisans (657) and non-craftsmen in rural Cambodia, by investing in new apprenticeships and skills creation via continuous training and setting up new village workshops.

Thirteen workshops are currently operating in 12 villages in Siem Reap province, including silk, wood carving, stone carving and finishing workshops (polychromy, lacquering, gilding). Young apprentices aged 18 to 25 are selected from rural areas through skill and motivation tests, and undertake six to eight months of free training. They are trained in groups of 15-30 people, and receive a living allowance for the duration of their training.


We contribute to the development of rural areas in Siem Reap province through the social, economic and professional advancement of the artisans, and pioneering a new social policy in Cambodia, guaranteeing levels of pay and social and medical welfare. The artisans have formed an association called Artisanat Khmer which has a 20% stake in the company, giving employees a voice in the decision making process.


What you can experience

At our main boutique and workshops in Siem Reap, discover the traditional Khmer techniques used for stone and wood carving, lacquering and gilding, as explained by our experienced guides. Complete tours of the workshops take you from raw materials to splendid craft-wares. Tours are available in Khmer, English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Thai daily from 7.30am to 5.30pm for the tour of the workshop, and to 6.30pm for the boutique.

Angkor Café, opposite Angkor Wat, displays items from its own collection as well as tableware products and Khmer scents and flavours selected by Cambodian artisans. Open daily from 8.30am-5.30pm.


Angkor Silk Farm at Puok District, 16km from Siem Reap town, is a centre of exhibition on silk processes and production. Located on an 8 hectare site, mulberry fields, silk worm breeding and silk weaving using traditional Khmer knowledge are highlights of the centre. Open daily from 7.30am-5.30pm.


We have three Duty-Free Boutiques located in the Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, and Hong Kong Airport.

Contact your hotel, guesthouse or tour operator for more information. 


Cambodian Craft Cooperation

Who we are

Small business for development
Weaving and wearing silk continues to be an expression of Cambodia's deeply-rooted cultural and social traditions, with specific patterns worn on special occasions. Takeo Province is known for its skillful silk weavers, primarily women. However, their lack of awareness of their products' value and knowledge of and access to national and international markets has left them with only a fraction of the profit generated. The Cambodian Craft Cooperation was set up in 1997 to address this issue.

What we do

With the help of the International Trade Center (ITC) of the United Nations in Geneva and the Handwerkskammer Koblenz (Chamber of Skilled Crafts of Koblenz, Germany) we provide support to small and family-run craft enterprises to improve their capacity in technical aspects and
operations.

Working with a number of international partners since 2003 in a number of silk weaving villages, we address the weavers' needs and constraints on supply, production and sales. We do this through community building and enabling the weavers to deliver high quality products that meet market requirements.
In cooperation with our international partners, we have carried out activities such as marketing support, workshops on micro-enterprises and craft design, training on technology and management, and participation in trade fairs and exhibitions at home and abroad. We have also supported the establishment of 12 multifunctional craft centers in different provinces including silk weaving in Takeo and silversmithing in Kampong Luong.

What you can experience
Check out the products we sell on behalf of our members at our shop located at the Cambodian Craft Cooperation head office in Phnom Penh near Wat Phnom.

Cambodian silk reflects a variety of traditional styles with special patterns and colors for ceremonies, festivals, and daily life. We have a number of unique and beautiful silk products for purchase, including Houl, made by the intricate ikat method where the pattern is plotted and dyed into the thread before weaving.

Check out our range of products including: Ikat silk products and contemporary new designs of silk scarves developed in close cooperation between our weavers and international designers home décor items silver ornaments ceramics baskets and wickerwork products.

We also operate an online sales site on our website (www.cambodian-craft.com) for larger orders or wholesale, for our international customers.


Cambodian Living Arts

About the Founder

Arn Chorn-Pond, founder of Cambodian Living Arts, is a Cambodian-American refugee and was featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary, The Flute Player. He is an internationally recognized human rights leader, speaker, and trainer. A former Director of Youth Programs for the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association in Lowell, Massachussets, Arn served as a special advisor on Cambodian affairs for Clear Path International in early 2001. Arn currently resides in Cambodia, where he continues to be chief advocate of Cambodian Living Arts supporting elder Cambodian musicians and artists to pass on their invaluable practices to the younger generation.

Mission

The mission of Cambodian Living Arts is to facilitate the transformation of Cambodia through the arts.

We collaborate to create an environment where Cambodian arts empower and transform individuals and communities.

We do this by building the capacity of artists and the arts community, by promoting awareness of the arts, and by advocating for the arts with cultural policymakers and major institutions.

In doing so, we aim to create value and understanding of what it means to be Cambodian and to create a sense of unity and shared culture. We believe that through creativity we can each expand our potential as human beings.

Vision

By 2020, we envision a vibrant and dynamic cultural sector throughout Cambodia, with the arts as the country’s national and international signature. Cambodian Living Arts will be a catalyst for this development. The successful transformation of Cambodia’s cultural identity will be a model for other societies.

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