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Soieries du Mékong

Supporting autonomy for women in rural Cambodia

In Cambodia, Soieries du Mékong is a social project steered by the not-for-profit association Enfants du Mékong, highlighting artisan know-how through the provision of sustainable work for women weavers. The project aims to promote and preserve ancestral skills, by offering professional training in traditional and new silk-weaving techniques, and by supporting the organized production of silk scarves in new, sustainable, village workshops.  

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Soieries du Mékong
© A. Bellamy-Brown

The project offers weavers flexible working hours, compatible with their family lives, together with social cover. As a leading player in Cambodia’s social and solidarity economy (SSE), Soieries de Mékong offers additional, complementary training in the Khmer language, mathematics and accounting, helping the weavers to manage their revenues more effectively.   

The project promotes creativity, too — traditional motifs and methods are reinterpreted, and new sources of inspiration encouraged. Ancestral weaving techniques are preserved, and adapted to more contemporary styles. Innovative new approaches contribute to the production of high-quality scarves as a showcase for the region’s artisans and their creative skills.

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports Soieries du Mékong as part of its wider commitment to organisations whose work combines the preservation of local knowledge and communities with social and technical innovation.  

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