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Artisans d’Angkor was another highlight from my trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is one of the many social enterprises in Cambodia.
Here, locals are trained in the crafts of painting, stone and wood carving, silk weaving, lacquering and silver plating using traditional Khmer techniques.
Artisans are paid with above-average wages and medical benefits.
“The artisans themselves formed an association which holds a 20-percent share in the company. The turnover of the company is reinvested for social purposes, such as the setting up of new training and the opening of new workshops in rural villages in Siem Reap province. A workshop opening means more employment in disadvantaged rural communities and therefore an improvement of social conditions and poverty alleviation.” – Artisans d’Angkor
Their statuettes and lacquer jewellery boxes are exquisite and very well-made (shop online here), and their prices are justified. It’s a win for the customer, and a win for the artisans.
It is much cheaper to purchase their products from their workshops directly than say, an upscale decor shop in London.
Their workshops are open to anyone who wants to have a closer look at their artisans at work.
Only a short tuk-tuk ride away from town, there is almost no excuse to skip Artisans d’Angkor.
You may never settle for run-off-the-mill, factory-made decor again.