Craftworks Cambodia (CC)
Towards Fair Trade
Cambodia is known for the infamous Angkor Wat temples. The golden age of Cambodia was the 10th and 14th century Angkor period, when many magnificent temples were built in the northern jungle. Kbach' is the general term used in the Khmer language to name a variety of ornamentation which decorate objects. Designs are inspired by nature: leaves, fruit , flowers, vines and animals. Besides Angkor Wat there are many other beautiful temples throughout Cambodia.
Although Cambodia is mainly known for its temples and tragedy, it has so much more to offer. It is a country rich in inspiration. Wooden houses on stilts, highlighted with blue eves or shutters perch in vivid green rice fields dotted with palm trees.
Cambodia is the smallest country on southeast Asia's mainland. It lies on the great lake plains of the Mekong, a river that pulses with the wet and dry seasons.
Between April and October, the river smells with melted snows and tropical rains, flows into its back waters, rises up to its levee banks and spreads across the plains, laying down fine sediment that enriches the country. the power of the flood waters reverses the flow of the Tonle Sap River, pushing it back into the Great Lake. Ten million people live a long Cambodia's fertile heart of the river, and rely on the Mekong's seasonal pulse.
Giant clay pots collect water outside and in the rainy season lily ponds form in front of houses and at the roadside. Water buffalo work the fields, children play in the pools of water and in the dry season women you can here the clacking of women weaving underneath the stilted houses in many villages.
Anyone visiting Cambodia will be captivated by its people, their friendliness and hospitality. Cambodia truly is the land of smiles.
Craftworks Cambodia, we use inspiration and local materials from Cambodia 's rich tapestry, restoring and preserving many traditional Cambodian skills.
Cambodia continues to experience many changes and improvements particularly in Phnom Penh and to a lesser extent in some provincial towns. The country has enjoyed years of stability and has a growing middle class with disposable income and opportunity for a better life. These improvements include roads, electricity,new buildings and drainage canals,Eco-tourism sites and new airports. Along with improved infrastructure have come employment opportunities and increased migration to Phnom Penh. However the majority of the population are poor rural families who live at a subsistence level of approximately $1.90 per day or less.
The royal government of Cambodia has identified education and food security as primary targets for improvement for the lives of its citizens throughout the whole country.