Khmer artisans are world renowned for their work with handwoven textiles including ikat cotton and silk, which rose to prominence at the turn of the 19th century and is still widely considered to be among the finest in the world.
Entire villages are devoted to this signature method of weaving, along with production of the popular Kroma (traditional Khmer scarf), golden cocoon silk and Pa Muong silk. The Kroma is the most distinguishable of Khmer fashion items and symbolises respect for tradition. It’s also the ultimate utility item, and has a number of uses including fashion, decoration, protection from the sun, and a hammock for babies. It’s one of the most popular items for tourists shopping for gifts to take back to friends and family.
While weavers at the Fair Trade Village are experts at creating traditional designs, they also embrace more contemporary styles, and many artisans are willing to create custom-made items. At the market you will find the highest quality ikat cotton and silk products including blankets, scarves, shawles, purses and accessories.