The Essence of the Khmer Silk Industry

The Essence of the
Khmer Silk Industry

Setting silk standards at the highest level, Cambodia’s Puok Silk Farm is a must when your interest
moves towards seeing the finest fabric being woven. This NGO-supported journey comes
with a detailed overview of all aspects of the silk-making process.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Praised and adored for its smooth characteristics and beautiful patterns, silk has been long one of the main attributes to create clothing, scarfs and used into interior design in many hotels around Cambodia. This protein-fibre material and its applications into textile have been long the base for a stable industry, where local artisans used their weaving skills on looms for clothing royalties and dignitaries in the past.

Its techniques and breeding the yellow silkworms are time-honoured traditions and with places such as the Puok Silk Farm, customers can get up and close with the delicate processes to get the raw material in fabrics of the highest quality.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Essence of the Khmer Silk Industry

08:00 - 12:00
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14:00 - 18:00

Your English-speaking guide and driver welcome you at your hotel lobby for a short drive to one of the leading silk farms in the country. The Puok District has been one of the driving centres for silk weaving due to its presence of the much-needed Mulberry tree. Drive west for around 20 kilometres outside Siem Reap through a lush village which benefits from the seepage from the Western Baray and further to a development project for young Cambodians.

All facets of Silk production from the propagation of various mulberry trees, silkworm reproduction, silk extraction from cocoons, cleaning, combing, dyeing and all the intricacies of Ikat weaving are explained and viewed. The final products are on display at the farm, giving visitors an up-and-close look into the final product. Particularly the actual weaving of the thin threads – The Ikat technique (also called “Chong Kiet” in Khmer) – is a pleasure to see. It is one of the most ancient weaving techniques in the world and is used to create designs in fabrics. Artisans weave a tight knot resistant to dyes which forms an original pattern with the complex intertwining of the warp thread and the weft thread

With support from local NGO’s, the centre has turned out to be one of the leading education centres for young silk weavers. The people behind Puok Silk Farm provide training in all facets of silk production for those without any education and to create a great attraction for visitors eager to discover the secrets of handmade silk production. After browsing through the end products and taking the final snapshots of the artists at work, your guide and driver accompany you back to your Siem Reap hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Siem Reap. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Tonle Sap, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei and Siem Reap International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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