Monday, December 16, 2013

Artisans d'Angkor - Siem Reap, Cambodia


Previous day sightseeing completely and technically knocked us out. Utterly, almost a whole day of walking (Angkor Wat - Part 1 and Part 2), none of us even had the energy for chatting while having dinner. Akin a "silence is golden" dinner, even food didn't really tempt us. Tiredness on one hand, the other was feeling uncomfortable with dust covering all over us. Once dinner came to an end, we quickly left, first thing first the moment I entered my room. Seriously, nothing was more important except showering. Scrubbing and standing under the shower for washing away all the dust from top to toe, thereafter, I needed the hair dryer, which I seldom use, but on this night, I had to, prior to immediately tucking into bed.

Next morning, body pain and ache didn't totally vanish in thin air, but definitely retiring to bed early did much justice, also after the hearty buffet breakfast, we were aligned back for another day of sightseeing. The first stop for the day was Artisans d'Angkor. Upon arrival, we took a short walk via the beautiful nature compound, and then into the rather small workshop. Indeed, quite a small space where we saw the young adults, boys and girls, working on the various pieces of paintings, wood and stone cravings as well. Tour guide didn't guide us in here, let alone told us anything about Artisans d'Angkor, but once we read the information on the wall and posters, we gasped the underpinning purpose, set up for training the less privilege, less fortune, specifically special people, by far the core objective of Artisans d'Angkor is also improving the life of rural people.



Thumbs up. What a heart touching meaningful initiative, simply said providing the means to, as I have already said, developing vocational or hand skills. Basically social responsibility, which must be loudly applauded, and one which you may not have known if you didn't make a trip to Artisans d'Angkor. Unless, of course if you have stumbled upon it in the virtual world. Actually, logically, there is nothing much to see, perhaps the pride and joy will be respecting the young adults for learning and developing their skills. These young people, while we were leisurely walking around, did not act, neither react. Though we smiled at them, they on the other hand didn't even look at us.  



10 minutes the most, we existed out, subsequently we walked into the store for browsing through the products made by these young adults. Did I buy? Oh sorry, I didn't. Not because I didn't want to contribute towards a good cause, I have actually stopped shopping, furthermore, prices were rather steep, compared to if you buy elsewhere.







Up next: Cambodian restaurant.


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10 comments:

  1. So interesting to see these pictures of skilled artisans at work. Your post reminded me of such a place in Bhutan. They didn't seem to be distracted by the tourists who looked on and took photos. They went on working. Another aspect of Cambodian life that we might not have seen otherwise. Looking forward to your lunch in a Cambodian restaurant.

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  2. Really loved this post nava and really hats off to those artists.super

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  3. It is some thing great not to be disturbed by other while doing the work.

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  4. Beautiful sculptures. Interesting post.. Nice to know about skilled artisans..

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  5. they are so beautiful because people behind work so hard for one single piece...lovely pics nava...sorry dear could not catch up long time, now am back on track

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  6. Love anything related to art.Loved the pics of workshop and skilled artisans.

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  7. Wow Nava you show us something new every time!!! Loved the pictures and the project

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  8. It very interesting to know where the items come from and started in this case amazing sculpture.

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