Cambodia Trip - Part 6 - Silk Makers
We visited an island which had a local silk manufacturing operation on it. The business was basically family run and staffed by women. Most houses in Cambodia are built on stilts to enable the residents to use the shade and cooler space beneath their house for daily activities. This silk factory made use of their under house space by making silk. I was amazed as the women went about their tasks and how the whole process works. How they are able to put different patterns into the garments is amazing. The whole process is very tedious and the machines used in the process are very basic, many with wooden sticks used as part of the machine's components. I imagined that it would take a long time to produce a product such as a tablecloth from observing the process, but I was informed that a good silk maker can produce over 100 metres of quality patterned tablecloth sized silk fabric daily!Wow!