The Creative Resource Guide: Crafting Laos and Cambodia | New publication launched!
culture360.ASEF.org is delighted to announce the launch of "The Creative Resource Guide: Crafting Laos and Cambodia", a new series on crafts and innovation in Cambodia and Lao PDR. This series of country-specific guides looks at different types of organisations (e.g. Not-for-profit, NGOs, private businesses) that have combined century-old creative practices with new design approaches, to produce unique objects and products.
Researched and written by Magali An BERTHON, a freelance cultural documentarist with extensive research knowledge in Southeast Asian textiles and sustainable processes, this guide presents a directory of 20 most pioneering organisations in Cambodia and the Lao PDR engaged in crafts and design initiatives
around 3 main thematic areas: heritage preservation, innovation and community empowerment. For each theme, the guide also features one in-depth interview with a key player in the sector. A series of interactive maps visually documents each section: the silk production cycle (preserving ancient traditions), the most innovative upcycling techniques for textiles, metal, plastic and paper (innovation beyond traditions) and the challenges faced by such initiatives in terms of empowerment of local communities particularly women.