Weaving activites Archive

Khmer Traditional Weaving Process

A piece of ikat fabric is combined by warp and weft to weave as a pattern or story. Each process took time and patient to do it in all steps of spinning, warping, designing, dyeing, tying, and weaving in the last process to become a fabric.

  • Tying and dyeing with natural color
  • Woven from ancient Khmer weaving

This is a very difficult and complicated work that we want to convey about Cambodian culture and identity, made of silk yarn. All processes are focused on careful following and monitoring of all stages. Khmer women try to preserve in this culture the arguments of the Khmer weaving culture.

Natural dye of ebony fruit
Lac Khmer warp
Designing ikat pattern
Untied and retied the dyed ikat.

Weavers’ Follow-up

We visited weavers to see more detail about their weaving activities and wanted to see their difficulties in designing, dyeing and weaving. We have tried to find out their difficulties and assisted them to process their work smoothly and wanted to make friendly with them. This is the main objective that we have worked together in a group of our communities.

Warping process
Weaving Activities
Dyeing natural ikat pattern of Lac Khmer
Hitting dyeing Lac Khmer to be well absorted
Weaving Natural ikat cloth on Khmer Loom

STYLE Bangkok On April 17, 2019

Kei Khmer Community will attend in STYLE BANGKOK  (April 17-21, 2019) to promote Khmer traditional textile of hand-woven ikat cloth. Many kinds of natural dyeing products will be displayed in the fair. We will introduce our traditional weaving skills of Khmer loom in the exhibition. These are our weaving cloth and other designs from Kei Khmer.

Dyeing Cotton Yarn With Prohout “Yellow”

Weaver used tree bark of Prohout tree to get yellow. She chopped the bark to small piece and boiled it to get the color. After boiling, she filtered it to get dyeing water and boiled cotton yarn to get yellow. The below images showed the dyeing process.

Dyeing Cotton Yarn with Lac Khmer “Red”

Lac Khmer is the natural dyeing thing that Khmer people use it in dyeing and old traditional wedding ceremony. Some province, they have followed the traditional ceremony of grinding Lac Khmer in their wedding ceremony.

Weaver used Lac Khmer to dye red. These are the process of weaver use Lac Khmer to dye cotton yarn. She ground them to small pieces and boiled it to get dyed water. You can follow the process of dyeing in images below:

Pidan Displayed in Pagoda

Pidan is a traditional pictorial ikat cloth that Cambodian people produce it to donate to the monk in Pagoda. Most pidans were designed as a part of Buddhist story, previous lives of Buddha and a selected set of main story in the last of Buddhist life. Some pidans had the name of people in the border of pidan cloth.

Ang Andeth Pagoda is the very old pagoda and was repaired to keep the traditional belief that people used to donate pidan to display in the pagoda. The Pagoda located in Tangyab commune, Prey Kabas district and the East of Chiso Mountant.

Many pidan patterns were displayed under the roof of temple in Ang Andeth Pagoda. After Pol Pot regimes, many pidan clothes were damaged and destroyed.

Now there are some pidan clothes are displayed in the temple to show the traditional weaving pictorial ikat cloth for Khmer people to preserve the beautiful cloth of complex weaving work. It showed the patient work of weaver to overtake the very hard work in designing, dyeing and weaving to get a piece of cloth.