Artisan D Angkor is where they promote Khmer Art and they have professional training center to help young Cambodians to discover traditional handicrafts, etc.
When we were there, the staff (aka guide) told us that all of the trainees are mute/deaf. Hence, they communicate through hand language. I think this is a great way to help those disabled, at least they take initiative to learn things and not beg along the street, right?
Hand sign reference on the wall
Anyway there is two centre. The first one is Chantiers – Ecoles. This is right in the middle of town. The training centre is for wood carvings, stone carvings, lacquer stuff, silk painting etc.
Lacquer Painting on the Statue
This statue is huge, no?
The Souvenir Shop.
Then after that we went to the Angkor Silk Farm, where we go through the process of producing Silk. This is approximately 20 minutes from Siem Reap town.
The staff feeding the worms!
This is the “olden” traditional ways they keep the cocoon
This is consider the new way to put the cocoon so that they don’t get stuck in between the nettings as per the above pictures. =P
Cocoons are then cook in hot water and I don’t know how they extract the silk from there. I mean I saw but I really bad in describing! Haha
How they store the raw silk, in “gulung gulung”
The guide showing us the raw silk which has been dyed. Using natural elements!!! There is no chemical involve
Like this colour is derived from that wood
This is not easy i tell you (at least not for me)
Ant they told us that silk weaving can be seen even on the Apsara dancers dated years and years ago
In conclusion, if you are not a big fan of such handicraft items, then its alright not to go but if you have extra time to spare in Siem Reap, why not and furthermore, there is no entrance fees. Just that the items sold there is pretty expensive. So its really up to you.
Artisans D Angkor
– 2 different training centre. Click here for more information.