In Cambodia, weaving has been a long tradition. It dates to as early as the twelfth century, when textiles were used in trade during Angkorian times.
way of life
Traditional weaving is a craft that is passed down from grandmothers to mothers to daughters. In rural villages, every family has a hand loom under the porch. The women weave fabrics while tending to their families.
What went wrong
Unfortunately today, weaving is not valued the way it used to be in Cambodia. Most of the rural young women view it as outdated and “uncool”. The only other choice they have is to become a garment factory worker working on less than $0.50/hour
As the handmade products are gaining importance, this sector can be a vehicle to help the rural families to tap into the potential of growing market of ethical fashion and leverage on it to achieve personal and community economic development.
Turn the limiting factors into opportunities. Initiating the economic progress through village fashion entrepreneurs. Introduction of fashion as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of villagers, guilt free pleasure for the consumers and helping the brands developing change maker leaders of the future by providing real opportunities to make differnce by sharing their expertise and resources. This can be achieved by tapping into the power of fashion and innovation to develop a community that creates a blue print for economic development and personal empowerment for entire value chain.
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