21 Nov '11, 10am

Weaving tradition and modernity into Cambodia fashion

Weaving tradition and modernity into Cambodia fashion

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia may be more synonymous with handicrafts than high fashion, but several organisations are melding the two with unique results. The organisation Keokjay, which means "bright green" in Khmer, uses upcycled fabrics and easy techniques to transform offcuts into must haves, made by women affected by HIV/AIDS in Cambodia. It's a way to include people who otherwise wouldn't be a part of Cambodia Fashion Week. Jessica Marati, curator of the Ethical Fashion Showcase, said: "Doing a fashion week in Cambodia doesn't feel right without acknowledging the fact that there are organisations that are working with disadvantaged communities to create really beautiful items as well." And it's not a fad, but a livelihood for marginalised women who could otherwise go into poverty. Rachel Faller, creative director of KeoKjay, said: "Even though a lot of people can get free me...

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