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Real silk scarves ?

Perth
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Real silk scarves ?

I have been reading info on here and they said that the $1 silk scarves you will see in the markets are most likely not the real deal.

So I know the real silk Khmer scarves and more importantly as I wish to buy a few as gifts, what would be the expected price to pay ?

Thank you.

Baguio, Philippines
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1. Re: Real silk scarves ?

Hi there

We were in SR last week and same as you, I was looking for silk scarves for gifts back at home.

We went to Angkor Silk Farm on our Day 1. Free entrance fee and you will be provided a tour guide (you'll have to give "donation" though) for the tour how to make silks.

Anyway long story short, there's a shop at the end of tour that sells authentic Khmer handicraft silk products. They are a part of Angkor Artisans (for more details kindly check their TA page)

I bought a silk scarf for 25usd each., steep price but Very Good quality.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Real silk scarves ?

Just go to Psar Chas/Old Market in the centre of Siem Reap and talk to Mrs Chhuon Pisey at the double fronted shop Number 14.

Mrs Pisey is well known to this forum and stocks a complete range of all qualities of silks and a few minutes spent talking to her and "feeling" each of the samples will set you up for the rest of your time in Cambodia. And, on a quality-for-quality price-for-price basis the odds are that you will return to her for your purchases after working all of the other vendors.

Mrs Pisey also sells some high quality silks at far lower price per metre than the specialist, air conditioned, tourist trap specialized silk shops.

Time well spent with Mrs Pisey.

I've been buying from her since 1992. Just ask her about Mr. Ian.

Best regards. Ian

Perth
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3. Re: Real silk scarves ?

Thank you both.

As I want to buy as gifts from our travels and not for birthdays as such, US$25 is more than I want to spend.

"Mr. Ian" lol, I am happy to go to Mrs Pisey, though can you please give me a rough estimate of what I might pay for a "souvenir" scarf for friends?

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4. Re: Real silk scarves ?

www.artisansdangkor.com

As mentioned, Artisans D'Angkor is a great shop, yes its expensive but its quality.

But for cheap gifts a Cambodian cotton Krama is just at good ranging from $1 to $4 and very useful, l wear mine all the time here in Aust and never leave my accommodation in Cambodian without one.

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5. Re: Real silk scarves ?

You state "Real Silk" - now this poses a problem because over 95% of silk in Cambodia is made from imported silk yarn from Vietnam, Thailand or China. But "real" Cambodian golden yarn silk is rare and expensive. Worse still, most imported "silk" yarns are "blended" yarns made from any number and combination of synthetic fibres and just enough silk to get away with calling it silk for those that know no better.

So, if you do not care if the "silk" you buy as a souvenir of Cambodia is factory machine woven in Vietnam or Thailand then you will get away with just five dollars. But you can get a "passable" "silk" scarf for $10 to $12.

Interestingly, my 25 year old daughter always likes the cheap ones because she can wear them virtually any time any where and not be upset if she looses or soils it. But for her best scarves she only wants "Real Cambodian Silk" scarves and these start at circa $60 and upwards.

As an aside, the weavers at Kos Dach - Silk Island - outside of Phnom Penh have virtually ceased weaving due to the now very high cost of imported silk yarns for them to dye and weave.

Despite your unrealistically low budget for "Real Silk" still go and spend a few minutes with Mrs Pisey and let her show you the full range. After all, she caters for all buyers even the low budget ones like you.

Best regards. Ian

Perth
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6. Re: Real silk scarves ?

Thank you both.

I am happy to buy myself an expensive one and have scarves worth more than that.

I am also happy to buy one for a birthday for that price.

But for souvenir gifts for my 5 or 6 girlfriends, I am happy with low budget :)

I'll have a look at the cottom Krama too Ann.

Baguio, Philippines
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7. Re: Real silk scarves ?

Krama is good alternative and way less expensive than the silks. Got my Krama scarf at Khmer Ceramics & Fine art Gallery. Cost only 3USD including a box made of weaved coconut leaves and the Krama was tied with a ceramic Bayon face. Great for souvenir gifts!

Plus, you also helped in someway the local community making this handicrafts.

http://www.khmerceramics.com/

Cheers!

Edited: 12:52 am, April 15, 2014
Perth
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8. Re: Real silk scarves ?

That sounds lovely.

Thanks arch_ofrjr.

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9. Re: Real silk scarves ?

We went to the Angkor Handicrafts Association (hard to find. Get good directions online or bring your tuk tuk driver a map) and were able to get (apparently) silk scarves for $8 for solid-color, raw silk texture scarves. It was nearly empty while we were there and the vendors were just waiting for people. Very helpful and a great place for other souveniers, too.

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10. Re: Real silk scarves ?

Artisans D'Angkor are the outlet for the silk weaving farms they sponsor at a decent wage, and you can go on a tour of the farms, so it is unlikely that you would be buying imported or non-genuine silk from them. But pricey, yes. There's also the airport for high-end silk - I can't recall offhand but they maybe sell Artisans D'Angkor products too.