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

About Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles(IKTT)

People of Cambodia have been most innovative and creative as depicted in the Angkor culture. Cambodian textiles, for example, formed the origin of the textile culture in the Mekong river area. The civil disturbances beginning in 1970 witnessed total devastation of their culture, and brought enormous suffering to the people.
Recent peace processes have boosted rapid economic development on one hand, and a modern consumerist Western culture on the other. As a result, people tend to forget and neglect the virtue of their traditional wisdom and culture.
There is an urgent need to mobilize appreciation of the traditional culture and to animate it because real sustainable development for people cannot achieved if they lose cultural identity and dignity.

About the Institute
The Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles is a Cambodian organization as established in January 1996, which is non-political and non-profit oriented. IKTT works in close collaboration with international aid agencies, and local and international NGOs. In addition, IKTT works with experts and scholars in the concerned area in other countries.

Mission & Goals
IKTT has three main objectives as follows;

1.To restore the devastated tradition and to save the excellent treasures of Cambodian textiles;

2.To preserve and continue a national heritage by encouraging the younger generations to follow the footsteps of the forefathers; and

3.To activate a promising textile industry and to reorganize all related cottage industries such as silkworm raising and weaving.
By realizing these objectives, IKTT will be able to contribute to the achievement of the following social goals;

>> To encourage people's awareness of their tradition and culture with a view to establishing cultural identity and self-esteem; and

>> To empower people both socially and economically with skills for income generation.
We hope that our mission would benefit, especially women and rural populations who are marginalized and under-privileged.

On-going & planned projects
(1) Preservation & reconstruction of the traditional textile culture Research to identify master weavers and collection of existing traditional textiles & equipment for sericulture & weaving. research & documentation of traditional techniques for sericulture & weaving, and textile designs & motifs, production of masterpieces and research on traditional textiles dispersed outside Cambodia.

(2) Skill training for promising weavers Textile design and natural & traditional dyeing.

(3) Promotion of cottage industry Silkworm raising project in a village of Kampot province. And marketing research

(4) Information dissemination, awareness-raising and advocacy Publications, seminars & exhibitions.

The Location of IKTT
House No.472, Road to Lake
P.O.Box 9349, Siem Reap, Angkor


  Directions & Hours
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  Basic business hours:
Shop: AM8:00 to PM6:00.(7 days a week)
Work shop: Weekdays and Saturdays: 9:00 to 17:00 (12:00 to 14:00 are lunchtimes). Closed on Sundays.

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No. 472, Viheachen Village, Svaydongkum Commune,
(Road to lake, near the crocodile farm)
P.O. Box 9349, Siem Reap Angkor,
Kingdom of Cambodia

Phone: +855(0)63-964437
inquiry by e-mail

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