Our mission

In the very poor village of Banteay Chmar in Cambodia,
Soieries du Mékong restores dignity and smiles to around sixty women by offering them sustainable work and responsibilities. Proud and fulfilled, our weavers weave scarves of exceptional quality and thus perpetuate the ancestral know-how of hand weaving.
visite temple de Banteay Chhmar

History

In 1995, while visiting Cambodia as part of a mission for the NGO Enfants du Mékong, Philippe de Pougnadoresse met Neak Krou and his family in Banteay Chhmar. She tells him that before the Khmer Rouge genocide, the women of this northern region mastered the art of weaving silk. The transmission of this know-how hangs by a thread, because Neak Krou is the only one to still master each of the stages of weaving.

At the same time, he realizes that the situation of the families of this village, and in particular that of the women, is very precarious, so much so that many of them are forced to leave their homes for disreputable services in the casinos on the Thai border…

From the fusion of these two observations, an incredible and daring idea was born: relaunching this exceptional art of silk weaving to allow these women to find meaning in their lives and build a future for their families.

Since its creation, Soieries du Mékong has trained around a hundred weavers. These women see their art protected and their status as artisans recognized.

Impact 2023

Our story is one of commitment.

Soieries du Mékong trains new Cambodian artisans every year in order to perpetuate the art of hand weaving.

Thanks to you, we gave dignified work to 60 people; as a result, 350 people were able to benefit from it in a village of 2000 people.

- 14,400 days of work were necessary in 2023

- 13 new weavers were trained

- Our team made 6,200 pieces.

préparation d'un métier à tisser
Etape de fabrication d'un foulard

Tomorrow

From scarf to scarf, we are constantly pushing the limits of our know-how.

Diversification of materials, quest for new colors, research of new techniques on traditional weaving looms, expansion of our production center to accommodate and train ever more weavers...

Soieries du Mékong reinvents the art of weaving every day in the service of its committed project in favor of women.

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