08 Dec '11, 12am

Bleary-eyed tuk-tuk ride to the countryside to visit Kikuo Morimoto's Wisdom of the Forest silk project. #cambodia

Moved by the failure of the Cambodia’s countryside to recover from decades of war, silk expert Kikuo Morimoto left his job in Thailand in the 1990s to set up silk-fabrication workshops in the hinterlands of Cambodia. His goal was to help impoverished villagers resurrect traditional silk production. " Without risk, neither good art nor anything else worthwhile will happen.” His vision has grown, and he is now replanting trees needed to produce silk, reviving traditional weaving and providing profitable work to hundreds of people making heritage-class textiles. The next step is the establishment of a “silk village” as a model to help revitalise rural Cambodia. View full project description Latest Update Europe impressed by Cambodian silk In 2008, Morimoto lent some of the finest silk creations for an exhibition in France Read full article Morimoto’s vision continues to grow ...

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