Cambodian Traditional Pictorial Silk Textile Preservation and Development
January 11 – April 11, 2016


This  exhibition  aims  to  introduce   Pidan,  the  traditionalKhmer   weaving,   as  well as to promote  more  widely  the Cambodian textile  tradition   including  the  presevation of tie-dye and weaving techniques  of  silk  ikat  pidan.

What is Pidan?

Pidan symbolizes the profoundness  and  the  excellence  of the skills of ikat weaving as well as reflecting their  important role in the society as these were traditionally  hung  in temples and depicted scenes related to Buddha. Creating  a Pidan takes many months  to  tie and dye  the  complicated patterns then themeticulous  hand  weaving  required  very high skills.
This exhibition is composed of 11  pieces of pidans, the  sample  ikat  cloth   and  raw  material  for  producing natural dye and photographs of the process of indigo nat- ural dyeing.This exhibition is organized by Caring  for Young Khmer (CYK),  a  non-government organization (NGO)  and National  Museum  of Cambia. The exhibition pidans are the result of CYK’s training  program for advanced young villa- ge weaver.Among the 11 piece  of pidans, four  pieces  are dyed  with  indigo.

About CYK

CYK is a Japanese NGO working for deprived young children and  women in Cambodia since 1991.  The  weaving  program was started in 1993 in  the  village  where  childcare  center locates inKandal province.  By  weaving  traditional  silk  ikat and kroma at home, village women could earn extra income to improve their living. Over the following years weaving  of traditional textiles has been  revitalized.  Recently,  CYK has revived and developed the  skills  of  traditional  indigo  dye making with a group of village women  in   Kompong   Cham  province.





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