We made the most of the Khmer New Year holiday and hopped on over to Vietnam to work with our lacquer craftsmen on our next lacquer collection. Above is a little teaser, we are very excited about what's to come!
It's that time of year again when Siem Reap comes to a halt to celebrate Khmer New Year. These colourful paper stars can be seen all over town and are specific to Siem Reap province. Tucked away behind one of the main streets are half a dozen star makers, who start working on the star frames as early as the beginning of March to be able to meet the demand of the whole town.
We will be closing our shop from Wednesday the 13th to participate and enjoy the local festivities and will re-open our doors and be ready to greet you from Monday the 18th of April at 10am. Happy Khmer New Year!
We've had a couple of lovely surprise features in the press recently, one in the Good Weekend Australia last Sunday along with a mention in Thursday's Evening Standard article on Cambodia, see full article here: Standard ES. It's great to see our Kandal Village neighbourhood receiving some international love!
We are so pleased to have been featured in the April 2016 issue of Conde Nast Traveller UK! Not only did we get a mention but they also used not one but two photos of our shop, one of our daybed laden down with our cushions, blankets and scarf collections and another shot of one of our favourite products, the diamond vase. We are chuffed to bits!
A couple of weekends ago, Siem Reap was treated to a beautiful glowing Giant Puppet parade. The puppets are made from rattan and paper, and the event is used as a platform to make people aware of Cambodia's endangered and indigenous species. For more info on the Giant puppet project visit: http://www.giantpuppetproject.com/
Here is the latest addition to our ceramic animal kingdom, the horse joins the bunny, turtle and elephant family!
All ceramic animals will soon be added to our products gallery so watch this space...
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new oil burner, finally available in store! The bird pattern is inspired by the bas relief carvings found at Angkor's Bayon Temple and on a practical note, the water holder is deep enough to ensure your candle will burn out long before the water does. One is always on the go in the shop, with a few drops of citronella oil to infuse the shop with a fresh scent as well as acting as a mosquito repellent. We'll be trying them out with lavender oil for a relaxing effect at home.
We have received some beautiful flowers this month, and what better way to show them off then in our latest vase collection. Happy 2016 everyone!
We've been a bit quiet on the blog recently so thought we would give you a little taste of what our lifestyle boutique looks like nowadays with all the new collections on display. We hope you like it!
We are really chuffed to have been featured in the Financial Times 'How to Spend It' recently! Our lifestyle shop and our street is fast becoming the place to be... Read the full article at: http://howtospendit.ft.com/travel/96353-siem-reap
Our little escape to Luang Prabang was magical. One of the highlights were the Kuang Si falls, where we found the ultimate picnic spot!
Siem Reap is winding down for Pchum Ben, the Cambodian religious Ancestors festival, with many businesses closing their doors over this period. We are following suit and will be popping over to Laos for a few days to experience the magic that is Luang Prabang and will be sure to post photos of our trip and any treasures we find along the way! The shop will be closed from today at 1pm and will re-open its doors next Wednesday the 14th of October at 10am.
We leave you with a photo of our new lacquer vanity sets which have finally made it into the shop. Happy Holidays!
Nothing dresses up an outfit like some great accessories. Here is our new horn bracelet collection, perfect for adding a touch of glam to your day! Head over to our products page for more photos and info.
The colourful dragon silk scarves are the latest addition to our 100% handwoven organza silk scarf range. They are super soft and lightweight, with many different colour combinations to choose from. Have a look at the full colour range on our products page.
Just in are the new colourways for our classic tricolor long silk necklaces, wear them long, knotted or doubled for different looks. Here is one of my favourites, pop over to the products page to view the full collection.
A lovely friend of ours informed us that we were featured in 'The Australian' travel article about Siem Reap last weekend. Always great to hear about some unexpected bit of press and our Kandal Village location is fast becoming a creative hub! You can read the full article by clicking on link below.
We have just received samples from our new cushion collections and we are over the moon with the results. Mixing beautiful handwoven Cambodian silk, vintage French trims and Vietnamese ethnic indigo hemp fabric, the full range will be available in our shop next month so roll on October!
The first of our new cushion collections has arrived. We couldn't wait to put the Shibori Silk collection on display so here they are below dressing up our daybed. Head on over to our products page for more info.