Institute of Khmer Traditional Textiles
Project wisdom from the Forest is just 1 hour away from the ancient temples of Angkor Thom. It has transformed since it’s humble beginnings in 2002, set on 5 hectares of land, now spread across 23 hectares, the village flourishes with activity.
PWF is the centre of the institute's weaving production, with all materials harvested from the forest. 160 villagers live and work here within the natural environment.
At dawn you can see the men of the village collect fish from the nets they laid down the night before, while the women start up the fire for their breakfast meal. Children run freely from house to house gathering their friends for the trip to school. The village school provides the children with lessons in mathematics, literacy, and languages, such as Japanese.
Mangos ripen on the trees, as chickens roam freely underneath. Vegetable patches provide everyone with food to eat, and the villagers use the forest to collect natural dyes. The community is divided into roles and the family’s specialist in breeding the silk care lovingly for the worms, picking fresh mulberry leaves for them each day.
Now the village has established itself as a traditional forest, you can get a feel for how Cambodia used to be, and the role tradition plays in sustaining a strong and caring community. We are still so young at just 15 years old, but we hope the village can grow and survive for centuries to come.
Visitors are welcomed to the village to come and explore the land, workshops, forest, and shop. We also offer a guesthouse for those interested in staying longer than a day. (Please click here for visiting information)