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

To regain our pride

To regain our prideBy accepting new trainees, we have provided jobs to the people who have strong intention to work and really need job and money. As a result, we have accepted mainly those people who could not read and write because they were poor and they could not go to school, or who do not have parents or father, or who have physical imperfections. And we have provided such work environments that mothers can work without bothering of caring their babies and children.

It means that we have provided jobs to poor people. Everyone and every family can rely on eating. And additionally, they can regain human pride by learning their own culture and traditional experiences.

They sometimes forget about money, when they work and live by themselves. I want them that they regain their rich wisdom over a period of hundreds or thousands of years through working and living.

We are not only dyeing, weaving, or making weaving tools but also growing silkworms and raw cottons and indigo dyeing, furthermore men do as house carpenters and plasterers and attending to their field works. They are technical specialists at PWF. The knowledge exists in their traditional wisdom.

Regaining the skills is not only to eat but also to make valuable things by brushing up and developing new skills. The textiles that they create in their lives at PWF can be said to revive Cambodian wisdom of one hundred years ago and to restore of their rights. I would very much like you to feel the textiles in your hands and try to wear them.

The textiles have such certain warmth from really thoughtful hand-made working.

Morimoto Kikuo
Translation by Mr.Takurou MATSUOKA

update : August 11, 2008 11:08 PM

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