Craftworks Cambodia is an organization working to provide vocational training and marketing skills to home based producers through the sale of contemporary arts and crafts items. Our partnership with this organization allows us to help employ 5 workers to create a line of accessories and jewelry based on the finest aesthetic and artistic traditional workmanship of Cambodia.
MEET THE MAKERS:
Name: Mr. Chenla Chan
Mr. Chenla is a very inspirational man who lives on the outskirts of Phnom Penh City with his wife and two daughters. He was born and raised in a refugee camp in Thailand where his family raised him along with his 6 brothers and sisters after escaping the Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. He and his family lived in the refugee camp for 14 years.
Overcoming some very difficult years through his adolescence, he grew into his adult life becoming a very skilled craftsman and working with Craftworks Cambodia for over 10 years. He is delighted to have a decent job and happy to create pieces that help Craftworks expand globally with brands like Chic Made Consciously. Cassandra got the chance to meet Chenla in person and work on the designs in 2018.
Learn more from Chenla himself!