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What is Khmer Weaving?
What is Khmer Weaving?

Cambodia is well known as its art of traditional Khmer weaving.  The characteristics of Khmer silk ikat weaving is weft tie-dye and uneven twill groundweave. Those ikat patterns were passed on from mothers to daughters.   Weaving practice in many villages have been transmitted and alive in their lives.  But during the civil war from 1970 to early 1990, the skillful weavers who has the high traditional techniques of ikat weaving are drastically decreased. Weaving is now popular in some communities in Takeo, Konpong Cham, P...Read more...

Weaving Training Center
Weaving Training Center

In the villages of rural area, the opportunity of getting income for village women is very limited.  Weaving is the traditional house industry for a long time. Village women can weave at home while they do house works, farming and childcare.  And it is also important to preserve and transfer traditional weaving culture to the young generation, too.  In order to support village women to get more income and improve their quality of life, the training course was opened for them.   CYK started weaving skills training in 19...Read more...

Mobile Training for Village Weavers
Mobile Training for Village Weavers

The skills of traditional weaving are learned from mothers to the young girls in many villages but the number of skillful weavers decreased drastically during the civil war. So young generation in the villages like to learn more patterns and improve their weaving skills. In 2009, based on the requests from the village weavers, CYK organized 6 times mobile workshops of one to two weeks in the communities in Takeo province. The main themes of the workshop were tying skills of new ikat weft patterns, natural dyeing and warping skills. Total of ...Read more...

Natural Dye
Natural Dye

The following natural dye are used for weaving. Ebony Fruit Lac Indigo Prohoot Chat Leaves Chongreak Annatto seeds Weaving Textbook “Khmer Weaving" Khmer weaving skills and traditiions are in the hands of skillfull weavers and not many records of the work and products.  In order to develop  training  manual and keep the record of weaving skills, it has been developed through our weaving trainings. In 2008, the weaving textbook has been published in Khmer la...Read more...