The silk industry began in Cambodia long time ago since the 13th century. The industry has grown along the Mekong and Basac Rivers in the south of Phnom Penh with mulberry plants to breed silkworms.

It comes from silkworm cocoon and requires many stages of processing, quality handicraft skills and a great deal of patiencein achieving such expensive silky, smooth fabric.

Embedding unique patterns to such delicate fabric takes a lot of weavingtechniques, thus silk is highly valuable.

The weaving expertise has been developed since 1970s and spread to the Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia, and to settlements such as Battambang, Siem Reap, Svay Rieng, and Kampot provinces.

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About the author – Leanghort Sok


Leanghort Sok (Vephea) is a Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholar. He got a full scholarship for Master of Arts in International Journalism Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2015.

He is currently a Sales Coordinator for Export Assistance Program Cambodia, undertaking a one year extended internship as part of the Work Integrated Learning program of the Hinrich Foundation. His internship will help better prepare him for a trade-related career in Cambodia after graduation.

Formerly a News Reporter for Cambodian News Channel (CNC TV), Leanghort also worked as a staff member at the Cambodian Mekong Bank.