Beth Travels: Artisan Angkor's Silk Scarves and Skirts

  Beth with the manager of Artisan's Angkor, Sok Hour

Beth with the manager of Artisan's Angkor, Sok Hour

Hi there, 

I hope you all are enjoying the start of spring. Admittedly, I have not missed this cold weather - we've been enjoying an early tan we don't usually have till June! As part of my travels, I want to keep you involved with not only updates, but some goodies to be found in store. Recently, Joel and I visited Artisan's Angkor Silk Farm in Siem Reap, Cambodia. During our visit to this amazing sweatshop-free business, we learned about silk farming and the making of silk clothing. 


Artisan's Angkor started in the late 1990's employing rural youth with limited education to design artisan products. The company provides fair income (high than average living salary) to its 1300 employees along with social and medical welfare. All employees hold a 20% share of the company's profits. The business reinvests into the rural villages its employees come from by offering vocational workshops and training. We are thrilled to partner with Angkor by sending back some scarves and skirts for you to dress to the nines in. 

- Beth

   These are the mulberry leaves that are fed to a basket of silk worms. 

These are the mulberry leaves that are fed to a basket of silk worms. 

  How cool is this?! This is what a silk cocoon looks like. The worms wrap themselves in the silk. 

How cool is this?! This is what a silk cocoon looks like. The worms wrap themselves in the silk. 

   A happy employee boils the cocoons and then slots them onto a wooden stick that is used to pull the silk. Each cocoon is made of one continuous thread of silk. 

A happy employee boils the cocoons and then slots them onto a wooden stick that is used to pull the silk. Each cocoon is made of one continuous thread of silk. 

  This is a wicker basket that the silk cocoons are placed to dry on. 

This is a wicker basket that the silk cocoons are placed to dry on. 

   The thread is transferred from the large wooden spinning   wheels to spools.

The thread is transferred from the large wooden spinning wheels to spools.

   The spoils of silk thread are expertly set up on a loom and   woven intobeautiful silk fabrics.

The spoils of silk thread are expertly set up on a loom and woven intobeautiful silk fabrics.