History and Missions

Artisans d'Angkor is a Cambodian handicraft organization that was originally created as an association in 1992, to help young people to find work in their home village by increasing families’ income. It provides them with 6 months high-skilled training minimum and a vocation from which they can make a living.

Therefore, Artisans d’Angkor contributes for the preservation of Khmer art and crafts through the training of young people to vocational works as wood and stone carving, silk painting, lacquering and gilding. They contribute also to the revival of the Silk sector by training them to the silk techniques of production from mulberry tree growing, the dyeing method to the silk weaving.

Today, 850 people are employed as craftsmen in twelve workshops operating continually in Siem Reap province and help thus to fulfill its mission to slow down rural depopulation.

Plus, Artisans d’Angkor has pioneered a new social policy in Cambodia with contracted level of pay along with social and medical benefits, and 5% of our craftsmen are people with disabilities. The craftsmen have formed an association which holds a 20-percent share in the company. This fully qualifies Artisans d’Angkor as a fair trade company.

Artisans d’Angkor thus allows Cambodians to retrieve their cultural heritage so as to build their pride in their roots. It also gives them a sense of well-being, dignity and self-esteem to better approach the future.