Created In Cambodia: The Art of Silk

Created in Cambodia: The Art of Silk

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Created in Cambodia: The Art of Silk
To make silk, threads are harvested, cleaned, smoothed and dyed with rich natural plant pigments. They are then woven onto spools for warp, or quills for weft, and weaved meticulously. Like a pianist playing their score to perfection, the consummate weaver carries out each ancient technique with precision. Chinese Diplomat, Zhou Daguan, first recorded silk making in the 13th Century, in one of the only first-hand accounts of the Angkor Empire. He mentioned the mulberry trees and silkworms along the Mekong and Basac rivers in the south of Phnom Penh and the intricate geometrical patterns in their clothing. Under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970’s, all art industries were wiped out. The last two decades saw a revival of Cambodian craftsmanship and reintroduced the luxurious silks and gilded textiles of it’s past.