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Natural Dye Workshop in Phnom Penh
Natural Dye Workshop in Phnom Penh

We will hold natural dye workshop at our shop in June and July. Please try natural dyeing with the professional dyer and design your silk scarf by yourself. If you are interested, please check the following detail and contact us. We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop! Dates:June 16/ July 21 [start] 9am [finish] 12pm (3hours) Location:PidanKhmer (CYK shop) Fee:$20 How to apply: ①applyby E-mail Please tell us that you want to participatein our workshop via e-mail. We will send back the application form to you. ②apply at...Read more...

The Exhibition on “Cambodia Traditional Pictorial Silk Textile; Preservation and Development” at the National Museum of Cambodia from January 11 to April 11, 2016
The Exhibition on “Cambodia Traditional Pictorial Silk Textile; Preservation and Development” at the National Museum of Cambodia from January 11 to April 11, 2016

 Hol pidan is a very special elaborately designed pictorial silk textile. It symbolizes the profoundness and excellence of skills of Cambodian ikat weaving. It is distinguished from other silk textiles by its design of narrative scenes, which often relate to Buddhism.   However many antique pidans have been destroyed or taken away overseas and there are few weavers who have the skills and are prepared to invest the time and effort in making pidans. So hol pidan weaving is at great risk of disappearing and Cambodian culture would be ...Read more...

Repairing Community Learning Center’s Building
Repairing Community Learning Center’s Building

CLC building has been built more than 10 years. Now it is getting old and dangerous for community people, weavers and CYK staff when we worked in this building. Under the assistance of ILBS, this building was repaired. All weavers and staff felt safety and convenience for their work.  

Graduate Follow-up
Graduate Follow-up

On 2 September 2015, weaving project manager went to follow weaving skill graduates in Samroang district, Takeo province near Chiso Mountain. Ms. Sao Sopheap is the one who is successful in continuing her weaving skill to support her family. She can complete making warps 15 looms for small scarf and 5 looms for silk cloth per month for other village weavers. Moreover, she could weave 2 looms of small silk scarf to sell to the middleman in the village.

Indigo Dyeing Workshop Started
Indigo  Dyeing  Workshop Started

This is the third year of Indigo dying workshop in Konpong Cham province. Seven community people participated this three-weeks workshop. They grow indigo in the field near the river. July is the best season of cultivate grown indigo leaves. They cut several hundred kg. of leaves every morning  and soaked them  in the water for fermentation. After the fermentation, they take away leaves and make indigo dye. During the very heavy work, those participants cooperate together to make dye liquid and practice dying . One of the challenges&n...Read more...

Follow-Up of Indigo dye Practice
Follow-Up of  Indigo dye Practice

The year of 2013 is the second year of Indigo dye Training in Konpong cham. After the 1 month training of indigo dye making and actual dying practice, the seven participants in the community are eagerly practiced the assigned work of cotton dying for four months. By practicing regularly, all of the participants could get the skils of indigo dyeing. Now they learned the importance of the timing of cutting indigo leaves and taking out the fermented indigo leaves from the dye liquid.

Pictorial Ikat Silk Training Course Completed
Pictorial Ikat Silk Training Course Completed

CYK organized Pidan, pictorial ikat silk training course for three months from April 2014. Four skilled young weavers participated it. They learned different patterns of traditional pictorial ikat silk weaving in three months. The most difficult and time consuming  part of producing Pidan is tying complicated patterns. In this course, their  assigned pattterns have  59 to 105 bunches of weft yarn to create complecated motives. It is also difficult for them to adjust the patterns to be balanced and harmonious each.

​New Natural Color Combinations
​New Natural Color Combinations

CYK tries to dye various natural colors and new combinations of them with pale color background.  Recently many beautiful color combinations were created. Weavers tried new way of dying with traditional Khmer ikat patterns. 

An Exhibition of PIDAN, Traditional Pictorial Ikat Silk
An Exhibition of PIDAN, Traditional Pictorial Ikat Silk

CYK started Pidan Exhibition at the Insider Gallery of Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh on April 24, 2014. Twelve pidans are exhibited this time.  Most of them are CYK’s graduates’ Works. CYK conducts Pidan course of three months for advanced weavers at the weaving training center in Takeo Province.   Weaving Pidan Article also published on the weekend issue of Cambodia Daily Newspaper on April 26-27, 2014. Please visit the exhibition. It will be held until May 25, 2014.  

Natural Dye Trial
Natural Dye Trial

Since 2011, CYK has been organising  Natural Dye Trial program for promoting natural dye technique to the visitors who are interested in natural colors. In  March, there are two groups of  visitors of  natural dye trial. On 6 March, three visitors from Germany and Japan came to attend  natural dye trial at CYK’s weaving Training Center in Trapeang Krosaing Weaving Training Center where CYK trains village weavers. All visitors were very interested in this tie-dye practice of silk scarf with dye liquid made by leave...Read more...

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