Artisans d’Angkor or the vocation of silk

Although we often speak of the working conditions of certain sweatshops in Cambodia, there still exist local companies who have understood how to combine an ethical commitment with the preservation of local craftsmanship.
Artisans d’Angkor is a fair trade craft workshop located in Siem Reap which employs around 900 artisans locally who work in sculpting wood and stone, resin, colour printing and of course, hand weaving cloth. Throughout the years the company has become a reference point and a demonstration of all of Cambodia’s craft culture.
The brand’s history is anchored in teaching, starting life as the Chantiers Ecoles de Formation Professionnelle, as an initiative of the Cambodian Ministry of Education at the end of the 1990s.
Pioneering in its ethical and fair trade commitment to Cambodia, the company aims to teach young people who aren’t very well educated, from the rural area of Siem Reap. It then guarantees a wage which is higher than the average in the country along with medical insurance and a number of social advantages.
In Puok, in the surrounding area of Siem Reap, Artisans d’Angkor has set up workshops and a silk farm where one can see the whole process of silk making, from the farming of the mulberry bushes, the breeding of the worms up to the spinning, dying and finally the weaving by hand which involves the ikat technique and traditional patterns.
Artisans Angkor
Artisans Angkor
Artisans Angkor
The success of this business lies in its quality and the authenticity of the products which come out of its workshop, as well as in its way of developing. There are more than 2500 young people who have been trained over the past ten years. Artisans d’Angkor offers high quality silk products and continues to innovate, research and develop new materials, surrounding itself with Cambodian and international talents, concentrating on contemporary fashion and design.