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“Beautiful Pieces”
Review of Artisans Angkor

Artisans Angkor
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$83.00*
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Private Tour: Siem Reap City Tour Full Day
Ranked #1 of 104 Shopping in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Artisans Angkor is a Cambodian social business which was originally created to revive Khmer cultural heritage while helping young rural people finding work near their home village.Since its creation at the end of 1990s, Artisans Angkor has strived to provide professional skills to communities with limited educational opportunities and has offered good working conditions and social advantages to its employees. It has now opened 48 workshops in Siem Reap province and it provides employment to over 1100 people, including more than 800 artisans.Over the years, Artisans Angkor has become a real showcase of Khmer workmanship for its silk fabrics and garments, stone and wood carving, lacquer ware, polychrome products, silver plating and silk painting.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
London
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“Beautiful Pieces”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

I took the free shuttle bus from the Siem Reap shop to the factory, where we were given a tour and of course the opportunity to purchase the beautiful products. It was very interesting to see how much work and craftsmanship goes into every item.

Visited October 2013
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“Wish i had bought”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Quite a surprising upscale shop in Siem Reap, very high quality products and fascinating clothing and household take home items

I regret not buying the silk shirt i saw.....as i dont think i will see such a well crafted piece again

my only issue there was the volume of people in the store....i appreciate for a business thats a good thing, but it did make it awkward to look around

Visited December 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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“very nice visit”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

We were guided through different rooms were trainees were painting or working on sculptures. The pieces they worked on were beautiful! Our guide explained their organization and work environment which was very interesting.

We purchased several items which are absolutely stunning. We highly recommend this place and would like to come back!

Visited October 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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“Nice store with interesting workshop”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Visiting this made made me appreciate the workmanship of silk products more!

This is an upscale shop with live workshops that were free and interesting. The main shop shows artisans working with metal, lacquer, stone. Over at the silk farm, the guide shows you the mulberry plant, how silk is 'threaded' out from a coccoon to make raw and fine silk, the dyeing process, and the workshop with various women working on the different looms to produce the silk cloth. This reminded me of the crafters I saw in Baguio City, Philippines that also used wooden looms. Tours at the main shop take 30-45 minutes while the silkworm farm tour takes about an hour. Both tours end at their shop. The products look nice and are displayed well, but are expensive by Cambodian standards. They also sell soaps and oils by Senteurs. Blue Pumpkin coffee shop is available in both places.

Tip: There's a van with a maximum seating capacity of 13 persons leaving the city shop twice a day (once in the morning and once in the afternoon) to bring tourists to the silk farm. If you plan to join, do book as soon as you arrive at the main shop! The ride takes 15 minutes and will bring you back to the shop after, or you can ask the driver to drop you off anywhere along the route.

Visited October 2013
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Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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“I saw silk worms!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

I didn't know what to expect, but when I took the free (read: FREE) tour to a silk farm, I loved it. They show you everything and they explain stuff which about silk that's really cool. The two stores they have (one in the silk farm and the other in Siem Reap) are full of sculptures and trinkets and silky clothing which ranges from 5 dollars to over 1000. It's not just another tourist souvenir shop. All that they sell is very good quality and you wish you had money to buy a Buddha for your house (one of those big rock ones they have, those are pretty cool). All in all a very nice way to spend an afternoon.

Visited October 2013
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