IKTT Reviving Cambodian Ikat

On the outskirts of Siem Reap nestled away in a tropical forest, the enlightened Institute of Khmer Traditional Textiles (IKTT) is working to restore and preserve Cambodia’s silk textile traditions. The Khmer Rouge all but obliterated the country’s artisans during the 1970s, including its weavers who produced silk ikat, one of the world’s most complex and stunning fabrics. The knowledge of ikat was almost lost in Cambodia, but Japanese textile master Mormoto Kikuo started IKTT to keep it alive. With ikat the threads are dyed before the textiles are woven, and most patterns in this part of the world have some spiritual meaning. IKTT uses all natural dyes and traditional methods and the results are lovely.