Fashion goodness from Cambodia to Canterbury

Traditional Cambodian village houses are set high on stilts – for defence against floods but also for storage of equipment and livestock, and as a place to provide shade in the heat.

When travelling through the villages of Koh Dach, however, you’ll often see something else taking pride of place in the sheltered spaces under the houses – weaving looms.

Koh Dach, also known as Silk Island, sits on the banks of the Mekong River, upstream from Phnom Penh. As the Western version of its name would suggest, it has a rich tradition in silk production and traditional weaving – in particular the creation of krama – the iconic, multipurpose scarf that’s practically a national symbol in Cambodia.

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