With over 600,000 workers employed in over 600 factories, the Cambodian garment industry is the country’s largest export earner, accounting for more than 78% of its total merchandise exports. EU clothing imports from Cambodia shot up by 8.9% in value and 12.5% in volume. The rise in value represented the fastest increase—jointly with Pakistan—among EU clothing imports from the ten largest suppliers, and so did the rise in volume.
Encouraged by both this success and an unrivalled craftsmanship, Cambodia is focusing this year on its creative added value with four designers/manufacturers who are integrating the brand new Handmade itinerary, for their entire handmade catalogue and the promotion of their traditional weaving know-how:
- A.N.D. Fair Trade Cambodia, a Casualwear and accessories specialist for women. The company, that joins the Small Order Itinerary, is member of the Artisans’ Association of Cambodia, a fair trade association that offers the best selection of handmade handicrafts.
- Color Silk Cambodia, a social business that strives to prevent the ancient Cambodian silk weaving tradition from vanishing, while empowering women and contributing to the economic development of the most isolated areas.
The community, which currently has 517 weavers, offers a 100% handmade ready-to-wear made from Khmer golden silk or pure Khmer cotton, using only natural or non- toxic dyes
- Rajana Association is an independent non-profit social enterprise that supports artisans and their disappearing culture through faire-trade. The association gives rural producers opportunities and training in the production and marketing of handicrafts.
Rajana Association, which accepts orders in small quantities, will offer coats and accessories for women.
- Khmer Artisanry joins Shawls&Scarves, with 100% organic and naturally dyed cotton scarves, handmade in traditional handlooms.
On December 26, 2016, Khmer Artisanry won the Award of Excellence for Handicraft from the World Crafts Council. The Jury appreciated the use of old technique of craftsmanship combined with new design with old motifs.