Artisans at work in Siem Reap

Woodwork carving requires a steady hand

Woodwork carving requires a steady hand

If you haven’t visited the Angkor Silk Farm at Puok, some 16kms west of Siem Reap, we recommend you do it now. Hanuman can take you on a guided tour, provided by Artisans d’Angkor, through the silk-making process step by step, from the cultivation of mulberry trees that feed the silkworms, to removing the silk thread from the cocoons and then the natural dyeing and weaving of the silk into the gorgeous end products you can see for sale in their shop outlets. They even have a silk museum, shop and cafe on-site. We’ll also take you to the Artisans d’Angkor Chantiers-Ecoles craft workshops in the middle of Siem Reap where you can see master craftsmen at work with stone, metal, wood, lacquer and silk painting. You’ve all seen the artistry in the boutiques and shops, so take a step back and see the process from the beginning, to fully understand the craftsmanship that goes into the final product. Artisans d’Angkor now employ over 1,000 Cambodian staff and are a major success story, so come and see for yourself. The tour makes a very interesting diversion from your exploration of the Angkor temples – please contact us for more information.

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