When you are interested in seeing and buying some
beautiful hand carved statues you must pay a visit to Artisans
In Artisans d'Angkor you will find Les
chantiers écoles which is a school specialised in teaching wood-
and stone carving techniques. They also have a program that learns
youngsters the skill of lacquer painting. The school was
established in 1992 and has as purpose to train young people
between the age of 18 and 25 and to help them to provide a living.
Most of them come from poor families of the rural areas. They get a
training of six months and after that they have another six months
to refine their kills by working in one of the centers.
You can visit the workshops and see the trainers carving the
statues. One of the partners there will show you around and explain
what the workers are doing. Don't hesitate to talk directly to them
and to ask questions about their work. They are very friendly and
willing to answer them.
Artisans d'Angkor also has a silk farm which
you can visit. During the tour you can see the whole process of
producing fine silk. They start with explaining how to grow the
mulberry trees, nurturing the worms, adding colour and weaving of
the silk. Several workers will be making scarfs or other
accessories of fine pure silk. This is a very patient and time
consuming job but the result is amazing.
There is also a shop at Artisans d'Angkor where you can buy the
carved statues, paintings and silk. You will find clothes,
cushions, scarfs and many other things made of the fine pure silk.
Profits of the sold products go back into the school to give more
youngsters the opportunity to follow the training course.
You can also order the products online. You can even make a
special request and ask them to make you a unique piece.
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