Puok Silk Farm, Siem Reap Cambodia
Ever wondered how silk is made? How does watching how silk gets made into clothes sound like? Head to the Puok Silk Farm to not only find the answers to those questions but also can learn about the procedure, the benefits, the whys, and the workings of every bit of the process.
While it may sound like an odd activity, it could be informative and relaxing over a trip and especially one to Cambodia. We have Siem Reap’s Angkor Silk Farm on our minds. Do you want to know what’s the best part of this green silk farm? It is situated in a small yet gorgeous district called, Puok.
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Introducing Siem Reap
Siem Reap is a very popular tourist destination. Many people wonder how much there is to see or really do in Siem Reap. In fact, you might think that it is just another city. You may already know that most tourists go there to visit Angkor Wat. It is because of the brick temples and great Khmer architecture. A lot of the rich heritage of Cambodia lies in Angkor Wat itself.
Not only is it the gateway to the famous Angkor Wat, but Siem Reap also gives you a boost of art and culture, beautiful Chinese influence in its buildings, local flavors, beaches, and an adventurous nightlife. It is bustling with the locals and backpackers from across the globe and that is why Siem Reap is growing with exparts.
So where lies the “wow factor”? Apart from doing so much in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, you can visit the ever-so-small Puok district.
Why Visit the Puok Silk Farm?
Puok may be a small district but it is understated. You don’t hear “Puok” when you’re planning to go to Cambodia or Siem Reap; yet, fresh treasures await there for the curious traveler.
Puok is a beautiful part of Cambodia that backpackers usually don’t know about. When you’re too invested in planning for the more hyped places, you can easily miss out on the down-to-earth places. Although it may not be at the top of your priority list, it is where uniqueness is in store for you to discover.
It’s a town where you would feel like it’s a surprising discovery. Besides, you would feel relaxed and get to learn about new things. The silk farm tour is a must-do and worthy because of the rich history behind Cambodian silk. Besides, if you’re already in Siem Reap, it takes 20 minutes to visit the silk farm—so may as well!
The Backstory of the Silk Farm
Once upon a time, Cambodia’s silk had a golden industry. It used to be a flourishing business until the times of Khmer Rouge. To revive its culture, artisans from the countryside have set out upon a venture. Their combined effort is the production of Angkor Silk Farm in Puok.
Not only does it keep the taste of authentic Cambodian heritage of silk for the tourists, but it also helps Cambodia cut expenses. The country has had to import raw silk from Vietnam.
To help the process, these artisans use golden warms as they survive in humid conditions, are pest-resistant and are easy to breed.
What is the Puok Silk Farm?
The Silk Farm in Puok District was built up by the artisans of Angkor to run the Cambodian traditional silk production process and keep Khmer craftsmanship alive. Back in 1992, a European NGO merged with the Ministry of Education to establish this into a sustainable venture.
It is open to the public every day from 8 am till 5 pm, so you never have to worry about the visiting hours. You can plan for a thrilling guided tour on this silk farm where you can learn about the entire silk production process.
Perhaps the best part about this tour is that the Puok Silk Farm has its own showroom. You can trial for silk clothes and purchase directly from them. This way you make the workers happy by supporting their business and help to spread their craftsmanship outside of Cambodia. For such a unique experience, all you need to do is take a 20-minute shuttle ride from Thmey Street.
Is the Tour Worth it?
At this point, we’re sure that you are interested in knowing about such an in-depth tour of silk and clothes production. Now you know the story behind the Angkor Silk Farm – why and how it started, who started it and what goes on in it.
Currently, there are about 400 women working cooperatively in a disciplined system. They run the silk farm to show you the breeding of the silkworm to the finished textile in a free guided tour.
So if you’re asking whether it is worth it or not, we would suggest you visit it once. Make that Puok trip happen. Visit a fine green property where you get to see vast fields of well-trimmed mulberry bushes. You get to observe where the silkworms are kept, the different stages of them, the transferring and collection process and finally boiling and extraction of silk threads.
Your guide will give you further specifics, explain each of the steps till you witness fine golden threads of silk which get turned into amazing clothing. The entire procedure takes weeks and even months. Compared to that, the Angkor Silk Farm’s showroom sells the clothes at a reasonable price.
You should visit the Puok Silk Farm early in the morning for a fresh and relaxed trip. Not only will you learn to appreciate the value of silk, but also learn Cambodia’s History and come away with beautiful silk scarves and gift items.