Heirloom Silks - Handmade. Eco. Preserving a traditional art form.

October 26, 2016

Heirloom Silks - Handmade. Eco. Preserving a traditional art form.

The tradition of weaving silk dates back generations and is ingrained in the culture of Cambodia.

Silk weaving has slowly been making a comeback since the Cambodian Genocide in the 1970s as surviving grandmothers teach their grandchildren the art form. The origins of the Cambodian silk industry can be traced back to the 13th century during the Khmer Empire. As the weaving trade developed, traditions in dying and preservation developed, supporting over a quarter of Cambodian population. Vibrant fabrics were worn on the streets, at weddings, and religious ceremonies.

In the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge regime interrupted the industry by forcing the population to wear black pajamas and limiting the production of colored cloth. Traditional Cambodian weaving techniques were nearly lost during this period and the years of turmoil that followed, however recently new life has been breathed into the industry by companies like Celia Grace who treasure tradition and support women who are keeping weaving alive.  



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