Cambodian silks are prized by collectors the world over. Most of the silk available in Cambodia are made from silk grown and collected in Cambodia and is hand-loomed using the traditional ikat method of dying the threads and looming in the patterns. The markets and silk shops in Siem reap offer both raw and fine silks in the form of bolts, sarongs, clothing and various handicrafts. For those with a special interest in silk, a trip to a local silk farm to see the silk making process is well-worth the time and effort. One of the longest running silk farms in the area, Pouk Silk Farm, that also accepts visitors is run by Artisans d’Angkor and is located about 20 minute outside of town. Call or contact the Artisan d’Angkor shop in Siem Reap town (west of Sivutha Blvd, not far from the Old Market area), or book through a tour agent. Artisans d’Angkor run several daily free shuttle from their shop in Siem Reap to the Silk Farm.
Pouk Silk Farm
Offers the opportunity to enjoy the Cambodian countryside and learn about the age-old tradition of producing Cambodian silk. Take a free guided tour that explains the meticulous process of silk production, from cultivating mulberry bushes to the Cambodian ikat technique and the dyeing, weaving, and creation of silk fabrics. You can also purchase high-quality Cambodian silk products in their shop. Located in Pouk district, 20 minutes from Siem Reap town and open daily 8:00AM to 5.30PM. Free daily shuttle buses from Artisans Angkor showroom in Siem Reap at 9.30AM and 1.30PM.
Rte #6, 16km west of town