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December 10th, 2009 to December 13th, 2009

Khmer Textiles

Khmer Textiles0
A Study Excursion to Siem Reap
Thursday 10 December 2009 – Sunday 13 December 2009
Leader: Ms Jenny Spancake
Apsaras clothed in luxurious textiles walk on the walls of Angkor Wat allowing us a glimpse into the courts of ancient Cambodia. The Thai Textile Society plans a trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia, December 10-13, 2009, to learn about the traditional textiles of Cambodia. Visiting some of the monuments will give us insights into the high status of textiles in the past. Then visiting the contemporary communities making traditional style textiles will educate us in the resilience of a culture which has survived the Khmer Rouge and its attempts to destroy it. Our itinerary includes the Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles founded by Mr. Kikuo Morimoto in 1996, winner of the Rolex Prize for his efforts. IKTT today produces high quality handmade ikat silks which are now being sold worldwide. Also on the itinerary are other traditional communities including Phnom Srok in Banteay Meanchay which produces silk, Doun Keo which produces silk and baskets, and Ponleu Khmer center which produces cotton krama and pottery. We will also visit Artisans d’Angkor which has been awarded the UNESCO Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts and produce not only silk, but products in wood, stone and lacquer. The trip hopes to be one which provides an insight into modern handicrafts in Cambodia – an opportunity to learn, a glimpse of the country and an opportunity to support these craftsmen by taking some of their products back home with us.
About the Leader: Jenny Spancake has a Master’s Degree in International Relations. As a result of her many travels and exposure to the arts of different cultures she is now an independent scholar of Southeast Asian art and textiles. She attended the courses held jointly by the School of Oriental and African Studies and Sotheby’s and then by the British Museum and Royal Holloway College in London where she received her Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art in 2003. She frequently attends conferences and travels to study textiles. Currently she is working to document Lao Khrang textiles from Thailand.
Day 1: Thursday, 10 December                  
8:00     Depart PG 903 (Airbus 320) for Siem Reap
9:00    Pick up at airport and transfer to monuments to see Angkor Wat and Preah Khan also
            visiting the Bayon if time permits –
PM       Lunch
Artisans d'Angkor ; Check in at Angkor Holiday Hotel
Evening free
Day 2: Friday, 11 December                              
AM       Drive to Phnom Srok community in Banteay Meanchay Province to see very old
            traditional silk making (2 hour drive with box lunch)
PM      Return to Siem Reap via Doun Keo community
Evening free
Day 3: Saturday, 12 December                     
AM       Drive to Mr. Morimoto's silk farm located about 35 km to the north of Siem Reap – where we can see silk production, dying and weaving at the Forest Village-
PM       Lunch
Return to Siem Reap and visit Artisans d'Angkor silk farm at Pouk
Evening free
Day 4: Sunday, 13 December  
AM       Visit to Ponleu Khmer center to see cotton krama and pottery. Visit temples nearby such
as Bakong, Preah Ko, Lolei time permitting
PM      Lunch; Visit to market, including Institute for Traditional Khmer Textiles in Siem Reap
            Transfer to airport: PB 910 (Airbus 320) departing 20.30hrs.
U.S. $ 925  ( 32,375 baht)    
Single Supplement:  U.S. $   75   (   2,625 baht)
Non-members Add: U.S. $  25    (      850  baht)
Included in Price: International and domestic transportation, hotel, breakfast and lunch, entrance fees to World Heritage sites, guide, tips.
Excluded from Price: Visa fee (U.S.$20), Airport exit tax in Siem Reap (U.S.$25), Insurance, Dinners, Personal Expenses.
Reservations and Deposit. To reserve your place, please send in your name as it appears in your passport as required by the airlines plus a deposit of 10,000 baht or U.S.$ 285 to secure your seat on the plane.
Full payment due: Thursday, 12  November 2009
Local participants please send a crossed check to: Thai Textile Society – c/o The James H.W. Thompson Foundation ; 6 Soi Kasemsan 2 Rama I Road ; Wangmai, Phayathai ; Bangkok 10330 Thailand   
Foreign Participants: Please contact the Thai Textile Society to make arrangements for bank transfer.
Cancellation Policy: Full Refund prior to:  30 October;
          50% Refund                 31 October -25 November
           No Refund After:        26 November.
Airlines: Bangkok Airways
Visas: Visas are granted upon arrival Siem Reap airport along with 2 photos and U.S. $20
For further information, reservations and to make personal arrangements for payment Contact:
The Thai Textile Society is a non-profit organization. It is not responsible for any accident injury, loss, damage or unexpected incidents which may occur on an excursion. Individual participants are responsible for their own travel insurance. The TTS reserves the right to change the itinerary as necessary.