- Robert Frost
Artisans d'Angkor is one of the original Siem Reap attractions which has been established since 1998. Artisans d'Angkor is both a workshop and a shop where the products that are made are displayed and sold. Based on an idea by a local French NGO 'Chantiers-Écoles de Formations Professionnelle', the theory behind the organisation is to train young Cambodians in the art of traditional handicrafts and stonework which are symbolic to the country given its historical status as being a nation with some of the most naturally talented craftsman ever to have graced the earth. They continually research the best in local materials and techniques to offer the most authentic products based on long-standing Khmer craftwork tradition.
The workshop has gained international acclaim and the products found here are some of the richest in terms of quality and design, and the scheme offers underprivileged young Cambodians the opportunity to learn a skill to provide a sustainable living and income for the future which can be passed down through the generations. The emphasis is on ornamental stone and wood scultpure, lacquerware, silk weaving and painting. The workshop welcomes visitors who may be interested in learning about some of the processes used in traditional Khmer craftwork.
It is free to visit the workshop and people are welcome to observe traditional craft methods as they take place. There is a small shop also should you see anything you like.
Open 7 days a week from early in the morning until 6.30pm, you can drop in any time. Free tours of the workshop will take no longer than 20 minutes.
The workshop is in the heart of town, just off Sivatha Boulevard near the Old Market.
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