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.