Craftworks Cambodia is an organization working to provide vocational training and marketing skills to home based producers through the sale of contemporary arts and crafts items. The organization maintains, and practices, a strong commitment to environmental awareness with many of the products being made from recycled and sustainable materials.
History & Philosophy
While Cambodia has enjoyed years of peace and development since the war and atrocities of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, today 30% of the population still live below the poverty line (on less than $1.25 per day). For this reason, Craftworks Cambodia makes their unique products by creating fair trade jobs for disadvantaged Cambodians with high levels of unemployment.
At Craftworks Cambodia, Artisans and crafts people are paid fairly and equitably for their skillful work, which keeps families together with food on their table. At the same time, it promotes traditional workmanship of Cambodia. The designs use inspiration and local materials from Cambodia's rich tapestry, restoring and preserving many traditional Cambodian skills.