Today’s beneficiaries include landmine victims, as well as victims of polio and other diseases. The quality silk is spun, dyed and woven here, and is now part of Carol Cassidy’s operation, Lao Textiles which has received worldwide acclaim. The beautiful scarves can be bought at this workshop for a fraction of their prices elsewhere -- roughly $20 for old stock up to around $60.
To get there, you need to head south from the town centre/market area, then take a left just after the Red Cross hotel if you’re on Koh Ker Street, or the Provincial Hospital if you’re on Mlou Prei Street. Once you hit red dirt road, Weaves is down a narrow track just 400 metres down on the right hand side. It’s not marked in a visible sense, so keep an eye out for the dystopian karaoke/brothel on the left, and it’s just after there.
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.