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These pants mean freedom

We are young professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds who are privileged to have access to all of America's opportunities. We have made a commitment to share our knowledge and empower our young Cambodian brothers and sisters. 

By purchasing the Khmer Silk Wrap Pants, you are joining our mission to educate and empower Cambodian children in order to help them strive towards a brighter, freedom-filled future. Your purchase will help us create opportunity and change lives. 

Who Your Purchase Supports


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The Manufacturers

The Cambodian handwoven silk industry, once revered as being among the world's finest, has been in decline since the Khmer Rouge Era. After this four year countrywide genocide, Cambodian silk production decreased by 99%. With your purchase, we are reviving this industry and preserving the Cambodian silk making tradition.

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The Distributor and her Employees

While it would be cheaper for us to purchase these pants directly from manufacturers, we would like to support the distributors who, in turn, support their entire community and work hard to sustain the silk weaving tradition. Phay Sina is one of these distributors who also seeks to empower her students by giving them employment opportunities.  

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The Save Cambodia Community Center

The community center aims to educate and empower children with a focus on child safety, gender equality, cultural awareness, parental involvement and more! Our center will be a safe haven where students can receive free tutoring and participate in educational clubs to increase their critical thinking and individuality.

 

7 Reasons Why You Need Khmer Silk Wrap Pants

 
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1. You’ll exude elegance effortlessly.

Trade in trendy for timeless with the Khmer silk wrap pants to showcase a contemporary take on classic, high-quality fashion. The sophisticated design and lustrous fabric will give you a natural glow as the subtle shine highlights your silhouette. 


2. They show the perfect amount of skin. 

These pants feature a thigh-high slit that elongate your legs without being scandalous. The slit is mostly hidden when standing still, but you can give the world a glimpse of your gorgeous gams with a confident, long stride or crossed legs. 

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3. They are a must-have for summer style and comfort.

The fabric is light and breathable, so you can stay cool in the summer heat. At the same time, they provide enough coverage to prevent unwanted tan lines. As an added perk, the thigh-high slit gives you easy access to that welcome summer breeze. 


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4. You can tweak the fit at any time.

Weight fluctuations can feel like a burden when it comes to those jeans you love, but these wrap pants will shape your curves no matter how your body changes.* Thanks to the simple wrap technique, you can adjust the fit to accommodate your needs (see the three-step tutorial here).


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5. You can feel good about your purchase. 

We deliver these amazing pants to your doorstep to empower children in Cambodia through educational and cultural enrichment with a focus on strengthening parent-child relationships. Your purchase helps us to build a community center and fund our educational programs. For more information on your contribution, click here


6. You are buying a fair-trade product & supporting a woman-owned business.

This is important to us. We pay more than market value so that our supplier (a friend of Save Cambodia- see bio here) can profit from working with us and also support her family. 

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7. Dress them up or down, while making a difference.

Pair your pants with heels and a minimal top for an outfit inspired by haute couture, or wear them with a retro t-shirt and some sandals for a picnic. They are so versatile and chic, and you can wear them knowing you made an impact in the lives of Cambodian families. We are obsessed with these pants, and we know you will be too!


 *The pants have a limited diameter of 55 inches or 3XL. If your waist is larger than 55 inches, you can still wear them, but the slit will be open to the maximum width. 

How to Tie Your Silk Wrap pants


1) Hold the pants in front of you with the seams centered, then pull the strings around your waist and tie them behind your back. (The front and back are interchangeable!)

2) Pull the rest of the fabric under your legs using the remaining strings, and extend it behind you.

3) Tie the strings around the front of your waist and strut around looking like the goddess you are!

Watch this video to see how silk is produced.

Silk Manufacturing

The silk weaving process begins when cultivated larvae cocoons that are harvested from mulberry trees are dissolved in water. Then, the artisan attaches the individual fibers into a spinning reel.

The people of Cambodia have worn traditional silk garments since the 12th century and they passed on the silk weaving tradition from generation to generation. Before the Khmer Rouge took power, Cambodia produced more than 300 thousand pounds of silk. After the Khmer Rouge era, the mulberry tree and human population were drastically reduced and silk production dropped to only two thousand pounds per year.

 


Today, surviving silk producers are trying to keep the tradition alive by overcoming obstacles such as profit margin declines. Because the demand of silk has decreased and the price of imported raw silk has increased due to tax regulations, manufacturers have been forced to lower their sales prices.Cambodian silk garment production is part of the nation’s identity, but it is currently in jeopardy. You can help us save this age-old tradition by simply clicking on the link below and purchasing a pair of our beautiful Khmer Silk wrap pants.

Meet Phay sina, Our Supplier


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Born in Cambodia on April 25, 1978, Phay has been selling Cambodian apparel at The Night Market for seven years. She is married with two daughters, and has six siblings. She developed this business not only to support her entire family, but also to support her community.

She established her business in Siem Reap, a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to the Angkor temples. Phay currently employs local students who come from far rural areas to study. Her goal is to open more shops so that she can provide more jobs for these students who need part time jobs to pay for their studies.

Phay is a proud, strong Cambodian woman and she loves all Khmer food, her culture, the people she works with, and all the wonderful ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

She is happy to share these silk wrap pants for your enjoyment through Save Cambodia and she thanks you for helping her make the dreams of many driven students come true!