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

the 2009 Silkworm Festival and the fashion show

The 2008 fashion show might be recieved well, We recieved some questions of the schedule of this year's fashion show. This year's is going to be held 6 September (Sun) and the eve festival is 5 (Sat).

*About the Silkworm Festival
IKTT has held the Silkworm Festival at PWF (Project site of Wisdom from the Forest) on full moon day in September every year.

As you may know, we produce the Cambodian traditional silk textiles. We rely on our living by selling the silk textlies. So to speak, the silkworms feed us.

But as you know silkworm cocoons are boiled in a bath for reeling into raw silk thread. Thus, it is a cruel procedure for silkworms. In Cambodia, a lot of people are pious Buddhists, such cruel procedures are of cource prohibited for Buddhists.The PWF villagers said us that they do not want to do those cruel procedures. But I explained the villagers that the cruel procedures are not futility, because we relied on our living by it.

There were ceremonies to enshrine silkworms written in the old Chinese documents. And there are silkworm temples in Japan and Viet Nam.

So it is no wonder that there are habits to enshrine silkworms in the prosperous silkworm raising places. We decided to hold the Silkworm Festival at PWF on the date of full moon in September every year since 2004.

Of cource we are going to hold the Festival in this year. Details of the Festival will be forwarded to you separately. The following contents is the 2008 Festival.

*Reference : The contents of 2008 Silkworm Festival.

[The Eve of the festival]
Children knockout dance contest
Fashion show and so on

[The silkworm Festival]

Holding a mass for silkworms (Recitation of the sutras by monks)
Performance of the village's band
Preparing for the meal. Enjoy the meal together
Disco under the blue sky and so on

update : June 24, 2009 9:32 AM

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