Silk Weaving Artisans
All of the exquisite silk fabrics and scarves that Talis offers are woven by thirty families living in island villages two hours from Phnom Penh.
The silk manager in Kampot province first buys the un-dyed silk thread in bulk from Vietnam. With generations of experience first with using vegetable dyes, she now dyes the threads using azo-free, low-impact dyes. In large pots of boiling dye, the silk threads sit for about one hour. Then they hang above the pot to dry.
After the thread is dry, it will be immersed in a solution to soften the threads. Then the thread will be spun onto spools for use on the shuttles to make the scarves. As well, the threads need to be set up on the loom to create the desired pattern. This entire process takes 10 days from dyeing to loom set-up. Weaving takes only a short time in comparison. A good weaver can make 4-5 scarves a day.
From 2010 to 2015, Talis with Cambodhi Silks raised donation funds to support the purchase of 3 new looms for the families. The new looms have an automatic shuttle that doubles the speed of production. In addition to looms, we have also raised funds and purchased a new water pump and purification system to help bring clean water to some of the more disabled of the weavers.