Created in Cambodia: The Art of Lacquerware
Nestled away in a luscious garden off a small street in Siem Reap, is the Angkor Artwork workshop. Here, in the sun-drenched shop, you will find patient Cambodian craftsmen carefully layering lacquer and gilded leaves onto pots and textile panels to create magnificent objects for the home. Lacquerware emerged in Cambodia in the 12th Century, but derives from prehistoric China and Japan. The art form was lost during the Dark Ages of Cambodia, but resurged in the late 1990s, and today retains the elan of its history. Built by hand with beauty and practicality, these ancient objects hold magical ties to traditional Cambodian aesthetics.