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

Popular events at the forest of PWF

The visitors to PWF are increasing in recent days. I was often afraid the visitors will not come to such remote area.

The road is so bad condition. Heavy tracks pass and the road become to rough road. In rainy season, there are ponds all over the road so sometimes it becomes difficult to drive, it is like a dancing on the road that makes the drivers suffer. But the visitors gradually come here against such situation. One German husband and wife came over the rough road by bicycle for 30 km from Siem Reap. I really appreciated. I am so happy and thanked very much to see that.

There are many private visitors but group visitors are increasing currently. The Experience of dyeing handkerchief is popular among students from the University Co-operative in Japan. And actually many kinds of work like dyeing, field works and growing silkworms are waiting for the visitors. Some visitors sweat working, mixing cement together with local workers and work at the organic vegetable field wiping off their sweat under the burning sun.

The visitors are not only come from Japan, for example currently the art university students at Atlanta, Georgia State in USA stayed at PWF for one day and they were saying excellent or amazing. They admired, when they saw the life of villagers and they understood the world-class textiles were produced by the villager's hands using only natural materials at this Cambodian countryside. They even said that they wanted to invite the worker of the PWF drawing team to Atlanta as trainee. I wonder who the first person is going to America with paintbrush.

And the most popular event of staying at PWF is playing with the children who are brought by their mothers. The PWF children are lively. The visitors are running about together with the children in the nature.

But recent another favorite event is maybe passing over the time doing nothing. The visitors lie on hammock, looking sideways at the children running about. It is comfortable to feel the wind blowing through forest and pond.

And furthermore, relaxing on a gently rocking small boat on the PWF pond, that a fisher man who came back from Tonle Sap lake gave the boat to us. This is my favorite.

There are various natural trees grown at the once wasted land. There are not only mulberry trees but almond and ebony trees that are used to dye now also grew up very much. Mango and jackfruit trees become to bear a lot of fruits. At just this time, when mango flowers open up, some trees are full bloom. Under the trees, the children are looking up the small flowers with smiles, imagining about the fruits.

The number of ducks and chickens are steadily increasing. Recently PWF villagers become working hard to grow vegetables for their family beside the house and keeping a small pets like cats and dogs. This is present boom at PWF. Many babies, really many babies were born and the family members are increasing. Everyday passed lively at PWF.

Morimoto Kikuo
Translation by Mr.Takurou MATSUOKA

update : January 10, 2009 1:58 PM

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