As a corporate citizen, Artisans d’Angkor has set up specific training session for17 young deaf and mute women from the NGO, Krousar Thmey so as to give them the opportunity to master a trade and to work. at the term of the training course, these women can integrate Artisans d’Angkor.
Stage of realization:
Artisans d’Angkor produces their own silk organza from mulberry trees, the dyeing method to silk weaving.
Testimonies : Sokunthea, 26 years old
- The silk fabric is set onto a frame of a determined size
- The motifs are copied onto the silk by the means of a tracing paper and a pad
- Colors are prepared : each color is made by our artisan with natural pigments
- Colors are applied and the drawings are finished with an Indian ink and a painting brush
- Patina (made from natural wax) is applied onto the whole colors to reproduce the aspect of the frescoes of the Royal palace and the pagoda Wat Bo in Siem Reap
- Some ornaments are gilded by the means of a copper leaf
Sokunthea is one of them. Issued from a large family with 2 brothers and 4 sisters, daughter of a father dentist and of a mother farmer, she entered in Krousar Thmey Association at the age of 18 years old, with no expectation on her future before, as her handicap was a real obstacle and had marginalized her.
At Krousar Thmey in Battambang, she has been taught the sign language and how to read khmer. This ability to read in both languages was an opened-door to the integration into the society.
Artisans d’Angkor was an achievement of her expectation when she joined them in 2005 for the first session program. Sokunthea has always had a literary and artistic aspiration. So, after a six month training, she has finally become a silk painter.
“I can now make my own living with my initial vocation. When I was younger, I could not know this could be possible, so now, I clearly see my future at Artisans d’Angkor.”