Cambodia: Other Adventures

We had said goodbye to Solin, but discovered we had left our camera in the driver’s van. Upon realizing this, Solin offered to bring us the camera, join us for a tour of a silk factory, take us to a special place for lunch and then to the airport, where we again said goodbye to this lovely woman who became a friend to us. She shared with us her deep love of the temples and her country, and we grew to love them, too.

The Silk Factory Co-op:


Silkworms feeding on mulberry leaves.

Boiling the cocoons

Boiling the silkwork cocoons kills the worms but makes it possible to unravel them and get the silk.

The silk from the outer layer of the cocoon yields a coarse, raw silk. The finest silk comes from the threads that line the inside of the cocoon.

Spinning the thread

Spinning the thread.

Initially, the silk is a beautiful golden color, but this color tends to fade, so the silk is bleached and dyed.

A spool of red silk

A huge spool of red silk. It felt as luxurious as it looks.


Tying threads together to prepare them for dying. By repeatedly tying, and dying the threads in different colors, a pattern is created that can then be woven together on a loom . . .


. . . such as this one.

Cocoon gown

On display in the silk factory: a wedding gown festooned with silk worm cocoons specifically designed for people with more dollars than sense.

On the way to the airport, Solin treated us to lunch at a restuarant in the countryside. We ate a traditional lunch while overlooking the surrounding rice paddies.


Isaac, Michele and Glenn enjoying a delicious lunch.

Lunch. Yum.

Farewell, Solin. Thank you for being such a knowledgeable guide and gracious hostess.

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