Artisans and Galleries of Siem Reap
This experience is ideal for those interested in art, textiles and shopping. Start at Theam’s House, a quirky mix of art studio, atelier and gallery overflowing with artisan products, lacquered panels and works-in-progress by the artist Theam and his apprentices, who is helping to revive the Cambodian craft sector. Perhaps even visit with Theam himself and catch his vision for revival of long-lost Cambodian art.
On the way back to town, stop at the flagship showroom and workshop of Madagascan-born and French-trained haute texture designer Eric Raisina, who offers an exquisite handmade collection of clothing blending African, European and Asian influences throughout his silk designs.
Experience the luxurious 100% fine hand-woven silk scarves from renowned American weaver and textile expert Carol Cassidy at Weaves of Cambodia. The silk fabrics, in a range of rainbows and more muted shades, are woven by disabled artisans including landmine survivors in Preah Vihear province. Cassidy‘s silk scarves are also sold in the likes of the Guggenheim in New York.
As an option, visit the Artisans d’Angkor Centre, one of the finest workshops in town, with excellent quality sandstone, silver, wood, and silk products. Gain insight into the remarkable skill and techniques required in producing traditional handicrafts as you are guided round the flagship workshop and showroom where artisans fastidiously form delicate crafts.
If time allows, stop in at John McDermott’s Gallery at the famous FCC building overlooking the Siem Reap river. John‘s mostly black and white photography captures surreal images of Angkor, a product of his unique infrared film process.
Please note this can be easily customised depending on your interests.