IKTT (Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles), from SiemReap Cambodia
IKTT (Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles), from SiemReap Cambodia

Relocation to the Village of Forest (PWF)

The relocation from the work area in Siem Reap to the Project site of Wisdom from the Forest (PWF) that is the Village of Forest finally starts on September 1. We have already told it to IKTT members since last August and made them to prepare their mind first, and we have been inviting them who can actually relocate to the Village of Forest. Therefore some group members have relocated and have been living there already.

The relocation is not so easy because their life areas have to be changed. Despite such situations, some lady trainees decided to move and some other weavers could not go at the very last moment. She prepared to go but her mother objected for her to live in far from their house. We have prepared houses for such relocating groups. Building the houses is in the final countdown. The accommodation includes 6 rooms with a common bathroom and kitchen where about 20 people can stay. Today, we all go to the place together with the relocating group members to clean up each their room and around there from morning. The general store will also be opened for the citizens of the forest in the very near future, because some people are accustomed to the convenience in the town. We think about the support for their daily life as much as we can do.

We are getting on some trucks separately with the weaving looms, furniture and household goods and going to the Village of Forest. It is the beginning of great movements. Theme music is still not decided yet. It reminds me that we relocated by getting on such trucks on rough road from
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in January 2000. It was only 5 persons at that time.

Today IKTT has 400 peoples in all. I think we have achieved a great development. We are extremely grateful for your many supports. We appreciate for your continuing warm supports for the IKTT's activities and for making more upgrade of the textiles. Our purpose is to make the best textiles in the world. We will keep up doing our best to it.

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We have to stress that according to this relocation, it is full starting of new working areas at the Village of Forest, but it does not mean that the work areas and the shops in Siem Reap are closing. The work areas and the shops in Siem Reap are open as usual, so please visit them as usual.

Morimoto Kikuo
Translation by Mr.Takurou MATSUOKA

update : August 29, 2007 12:27 PM

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