I think it is important to know that all the silk I paint on comes from the Tabitha Foundation in Cambodia. Tabitha is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of hundreds of Cambodian families by helping them to define their needs, empowering them to work, providing a safe place to save their money and helping them purchase necessities for themselves, their families and their communities.
The fabric you have was woven by one of 500 families in the Daka district of Cambodia. These villagers weave and farm for their livelihoods. Before Tabitha arrived in their villages, most of these families–if they had housing at all–lived in thatch huts, slept on the ground, and only had one set of clothes, maybe a pot for cooking and possibly a shared glass for the family to drink out of. The Tabitha organization has helped to not only teach families to weave, but has also created hundreds of sewing jobs through its marketing of their products.
I am proud to be part of the Cambodian solution and I hope that you are too.
The weaving takes place under the family stilt home. There is a high need for water for daily living and for dying, this is one of the biggest expenses for each family. Each family takes on a part of the silk process as well as farms the land surrounding their homes.