Artisans Angkor

Artisans Angkor

Description

Angkor Silk Farm, about 20 minutes outside of Siem Reap, for what might better be termed a pre-industrial tour. Silk is being produced there in the same way it’s been done for hundreds of years in Cambodia, and the process is fascinating. There is no charge for the tour, which takes about half an hour, but most visitors tip the guide a few dollars. The tour concludes in a large shop offering colourful silks and other products of Artisans d’Angkor. The shop’s offerings are spectacular but not cheap, which ought to be no surprise after seeing how much-skilled hand labour goes into real silk production. We were eager to buy a souvenir or two in gratitude for the tour and to help Artisans d’Angkor further its mission of preserving traditional handicrafts.