*Location : Silk farm in Siem Reap, Cambodia
I was hanging out at the hostel and looking for something to do one day, other than visit Angkor wat. There’s this small silk farm in the city. About 15 minutes by tuk tuk ride. It was a beautiful day, sounds like a good idea to slowly look around the town.
We got a tour guide as soon as we walked into the farm. He speaks good English and very proud of what he does. The program is simple. They will show us what the silk is and how they make it. Naturally the first stop was.. to cocoons. Well, even before that, the room full of caterpillar. Thought that would gross me out but they were kind of cute and soft. Cambodia cocoon was different than what I know and what I saw in Korea. Apparently, the Cambodia tree effects the cocoon to be yellow. Thought it would be beautiful yellow silk but they dye it before make any products.
It’s really interesting to watch all the work they do. Working in the farm is pretty good for money as well. Think it’s really a hard work with low salary but all the ladies working in front of loom are making more money than our tour guide, according to him.
Ingredients for dying silk. Rusty nail for brown color was really interested.