Angkor Silk Farm

A fine silk source

What we say: 3.5 stars

Templed-out? You won’t have been the first person to have been overwhelmed by the number of Angkorian ruins to take in. Angkor Silk Farm is just one of the antidotes available to help balance out the historical with the contemporary — and it costs nothing at all to visit.

Weaving

Weaving away.

Part of Artisans D’Angkor, a social business best known for its artisan workshop and high-end shop in central Siem Reap — worth a half hour of your time to visit in its own right — the silk farm shows you the processes that produce the fine looking silk wares on offer. You can take a free shuttle from Artisans D’Angkor departing at 09:30 or 13:00 or hop in a tuk tuk for the 20-minute ride out of town to the working silk farm near Puok district.

Weaving loom-inous yellow

Loom-inous yellow.

At the farm you’ll have your own local guide assigned to you to show you around. You can see the mulberry trees growing on site that sustain the diet of the silk worm, the raw cocoons that are harvested and boiled, and the intricate processes of unwinding fibres, dyeing threads, and spinning and weaving them. It makes you appreciate why silk is no cheap commodity. Perhaps the most interesting part is seeing the myriad women weaving designs on the many looms. The tour takes around an hour and is educational and informative — it’s really more interesting than you might expect.

Cocoons

Cocoons.

The silk farm is a fun and relatively short diversion from Siem Reap’s absolute must-see sights, with the opportunity to pick up some quality — though not cheap — gifts and souvenirs. For those with a penchant to packing in the activities, you can make a half-day tour out of the Silk Farm and Mechrey village on the Tonle Sap, or the West Baray, which are located in the same direction.

If you’re interested in traditional Khmer crafts then Theam’s House is also worth a visit, an attractive showroom and workshop run by the former artistic director of Artisans D’Angkor. Travelling more of Asia? Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang similarly showcases traditional weaving processes in an attractive riverside setting.

More details
20 minute tuk tuk ride from Siem ride in Puok District
http://www.artisansdangkor.com/workshops-19-angkor-silk-farm.php
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-17:00
Last updated: 2nd October, 2014

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Caroline swapped the drizzle of Old Blighty for the dazzling sunshine of Siem Reap and she spends most weekends cycling the temple-studded terrain that she can call her backyard.

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