Silk was introduced to Cambodia via Thailand in the 10th Century. By the 13th Century, sericulture (the cultivation of silk worms) and experimental silk weaving were taking place along the banks of the Bassac and Mekong Rivers. By the 19th Century sericulture was widespread on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, on islands in the Mekong River and in Kampot, Kampong Thom and Battambang Provinces.
The outbreak of World War II disrupted silk production in Europe and increased demand for Cambodian silk but, sadly, cultivation was decimated when civil war broke out in Cambodia in the 1970s. Many of those that knew how to rear the silkworms and process the thread into quality yarn for weaving did not survive the war and nor did the breeding stock or the mulberry plantations that are required to rear silkworms. As a result, Cambodia's silk yarn production declined dramatically in the post-war period, with sericulture continuing in only about 10 villages in the Phnom Srok area of Siem Reap Province.
DeSilk, Cambodia was established in 2002, in Siem Reap to promote Cambodian silk to the world. Cambodian silk is now recognised as one of
the purest silks in the world, is widely praised by many of fashion's great couturiers and is being used in fashion collections globally from Sydney to Milan but we are continuing to champion Cambodian silk producers in the international markets and to support them, and their interests, to ensure they receive fair terms when trading in Cambodia and overseas.
The scarcity of Cambodian silk during this post-war period made our silk very desirable and, as a result, various initiatives were put in place to support and rebuild Cambodia’s silk industry. Happily, by the end of 2005, silk production was taking place in over 100 villages with production output reaching over 12 tonnes annually. Today, the most famous area in Cambodia for the production of silk is Phnom Srok, in the hills above the Tonle Sap River in northwestern Cambodia.
We know silk!
At DeSilk, we stock many diﬀerent kinds of silks and we enjoy working closely with our clients so that we can ensure that we understand what you need, can advise on the best fabrics for your project and ensure we provide you with exactly what you need. Let us know what it is you have in mind and we will be happy to help and advise you.
If you are a designer, manufacturer or a textile retailer and wish to have the highest quality silk fabrics, DeSilk is the right supplier for you. We pride ourselves in building and maintaining excellent business relationships with our clients and this is why they keep coming back to us over and over again. Choose DeSilk and you can be sure that your silk needs will be met with unparalleled product knowledge and ﬁrst class customer service. We can supply wholesale buyers in Cambodia or export to overseas clients.
Couture Customers in Cambodia
Customers in Cambodia can visit our shop to order couture clothing that we will design and make exclusively to their individual taste and exact speciﬁcations. Our couture service gives our customers total control over fabric, colour, styling and ﬁt.
Couture customers will beneﬁt from a choice of some of the world's ﬁnest silk fabrics as well as the skills of our highly experienced designers and tailors. Everything can be uniquely customised and crafted, right down to a custom-dyed colour palette for fabrics.
Our garments are made from the ﬁnest quality Cambodian silk spun into a smooth, lustrous fabric that is practical, comfortable, washable and hard wearing.
Ready to Wear Range
In addition to our couture service we also stock a wide range of exquisite ready to wear items to suit just about every occasion. Our ready to wear range utilises the same quality of fabric and craftmanship as our couture items and is available in a variety or sizes and colours. Our ranges are refreshed regularly to ensure that our design are always in vogue.
Excellence Exported Internationally
In addition to our couture service we also stock a huge range of exquisite ready to wear items to suit just about every occasion. Our ready to wear range utilises the same quality of fabric and craftmanship as our couture items and is available in a variety or sizes and colours.