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

Bayon Moon - Reviving Cambodia's Textile Traditions

Bayon Moon
Book title:"Bayon Moon -- Reviving Cambodia's Textile Traditions"
Author:Kikuo Morimoto

My book in English version, "Bayon Moon - Reviving Cambodia's Textile Traditions", was published (paper book A5 size, 160 pages). This book reports those days of summer, 2002. At that time, after two years pasted since IKTT was moved from near Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, the work shop that started only by five members was gradually increased according to inviting new trainees, and also we got the first land area of the Project site of Wisdom from the Forest.

My old friend Miss.Louise Cort who lives in Washington,DC translated my Japanese reports to English. The English translation is quite satisfactory. I am greatly appreciated for it.

At that time, many women came to IKTT of Siem Reap every day to get jobs as if they think, "If we just visit the Japanese, Mr.Morimoto, we can get jobs". I received guradually such women, although grumbling, "We are not welfare office!", and the result is now IKTT grows up to about 400 workers.

At the same time, I recognized that it was necessary not only restoration of design of textiles and skill of dyeing but also restoration of life of weavers and raw materials of dyeing and silk and so on to revive the Cambodian traditional textiles. Such things and an impressions of visiting the Cambodian villages to resarch as a member of Cambodian UNESCO, and various experiences of visiting North East Thai villages overlapped in my mind and finally came to realize the idea of the revivial of the Traditional Forest. Such facts are written in the book.

At the Paris exhibition, a French journalist who read through the book highly praised by saying, "There is Mr.Morimoto's philosophy shown in here."
* This book "Bayon Moon" is sold for $10 at IKTT shop of Siem Reap.

update : April 1, 2008 6:16 AM

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