History and 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.
Artisans and crafts people are paid fairly and equitably for their skillful work, which keeps families together with food on their table. A liveable and reliable income is especially important for women as it allows them to raise healthy babies and children and provide for their future.
Craftworks Cambodia's products are skillfully made, beautiful and clever. They offer a range of traditional and contemporary products, from home décor to functional home ware as well as gifts, accessories and jewelry based on the finest aesthetic and artistic traditional workmanship of Cambodia.
The designs use inspiration and local materials from Cambodia's rich tapestry, restoring and preserving many traditional Cambodian skills. The materials used vary with silk being the most common material; it is spun and woven in the villages, and made into superb silk scarves, shawls, purses and other accessories. Also popular are the Eco-friendly items. Recycled paper is used for jewelry and stationery and even discarded rice bags are recycled into wallets and bags.
Craftworks Cambodia maintains and practices a strong commitment to environmental awareness with many of the products being made from recycled and sustainable materials.
The marketing of products while developing new items to create work for disadvantaged workers with high levels of unemployment. Relationships with the artisans will be nurtured in order to develop a platform for sound business principles whilst always maintaining the human focus in this creative endeavour. The employment of fair trade principles will ensure that artisans and crafts people are paid a fee that is fair and equitable.
International and local markets are established for Craftworks Cambodia products and this will provide equitable wages, a life of dignity, education for children and future stability for families and communities in the Kingdom of Cambodia
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