The Cambodian hand-woven silk industry is characterized by a strong skills base and a long traditional heritage. Weaving and wearing silk is an expression of deeply-rooted cultural and social traditions in Cambodia. Silk is a prestigious fabric, often worn by the King and Queen in official ceremonies, and very popular among Cambodians. The beautiful Cambodian silk handicrafts also enjoy a high popularity among tourists.

Silk is becoming an increasingly significant item in the country’s export basket and is an important source of employment for women and households in rural areas. The garments industry accounts for some 10% of Cambodia’s GDP and it is estimated that 46 Cambodian companies are currently operating in the silk sector. Approximately 66% of employees in silk companies and some 98% of weavers are women, located in various provinces of the country including Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Kandal, Phnom Penh, Prey Veng, Siem Reap, Stung Treng and Takeo.

In order to become more competitive at the international level, improvements must be made in productivity, quality and design techniques, as well as supporting institutional structures. The Royal Government of Cambodia aims to support the silk sector as part of its Trade Sector-Wide Approach (Trade SWAp), as a strategic sector for export growth exhibiting high potential for economic and social development. Within this framework, the Cambodia Export Diversification and Expansion Program (CEDEP I) aims at strengthening and diversifying export supply capacity in High Value Silk. The High Value Silk Component of CEDEP I is a project of the Royal Government of Cambodia led by the Ministry of Commerce, managed by the International Trade Centre (ITC) as the Main Implementing Entity and funded under the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF).


Link to YouTube: Video of The High Value Silk Project - CEDEP I below:


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