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Khmer Silk Weaving has been a part of the Cambodia culture

MGO News 01-20

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Phnom Penh (MGO) - Silk weaving has been a part of history and also part of the culture in the lives of Cambodians. Silk weaving was introduced to Cambodia in the 13th century and mostly developed along the Mekong River.

 

The Cambodia silk industry has a strong development in 1960, but after then there was a rapid decline due to the effects of the internal struggles. After our country was liberated from the genocidal regime of Pol Pot in 1979 to the early 1990s silk weaving has been restored and newly developed to this day.

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 In ancient times, Khmer silk was dyed with five basic colors: yellow, red, green, blue, and black. The country has long produced dyes for these colors, red-dyed using the nest of the lac insect, yellow and green - dyed using the bark of the Prohut tree, blue-dyed using indigo. the indigo was grown on the land, alongside our mulberry trees and cotton farm, black-dyed using Indian almond leaves. However, the war and deforestation severely damaged the production of these dyes, which is one of the main reasons it has been so important for us to regenerate the forest.

 

Today, silk weaving and silk products are important for five provinces, and the most famous and high-quality silk designs are from Takeo, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, and Kampot.

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Khmer silk is now soft, washable like other fabrics, and does not damage. The designations are both classic and modern, so they can be used for casual wear. Nowadays, Cambodian silk products are used not only to make sarongs, traditional garments but even sewing modern costumes to create the personal identity of a historic city. Khmer hand-woven silk fabric can be cut into clothes for both men and women in all styles and colors as needed.


Translator: Leakna 

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