An eco-fabric manufacturing social enterprise that supports the empowerment of rural women in Cambodia - Celebrate @ E2Expo
Samatoa Lotus Textiles is a Cambodian social enterprise which manufactures vegetal waste based hand crafted textiles with the support vulnerable women and their family in Cambodia. It follows fair trade principles and sustainable manufacturing process through a fully integrated model across the value chain - from yarn to the finished product. For 10 years, it has experimented with more than 10 local natural fibers: lotus, pineapple, banana, water lily, romchek, kapok, papyrus, palm, silk, coconut, water hyacinth, and rice leaves and manufactures natural scarves, vegan leather, natural/antimicrobial fabrics and more.
The fabrics are made from vegetal fibres such as lotus blended with other natural fibres such as kapok, banana, silk and cotton. These are spun and woven by hand following the Khmer traditional methods. giving them unique texture and properties. The products are known for their natural, breathable, soft, light and antibacterial properties. They also assist in creation of a workshop of 30 women who are exceptional in the "know-how" from spinning the yarn to weaving and dyeing the fabric.
The company was founded by Awen Delaval in 2003. Since its inception, it has expanded to offer a full line of high-quality fabrics, clothing, handbags and scarves. In 2009, it got introduced to art of robes made from lotus fibres worn by Buddhist monks and thus started working on lotus fibre based clothing. As of 2019, the team consists of 30 experts: spinners, weavers, seamstresses, and designers.
The natural fabrics are spun and woven by hand in their eco-textile mill without the use of any fossil based fuels or materials. With its unique team of experts, the company develops its combinations of threads, textile designs, and colors. The team also comprises alchimist experts working in the areas of bioplastics and advanced eco-materials. The company also offers custom made solutions for the partners/consumers.
In 2015, Samatoa was awarded “France commits to the South" for its innovation process which positively impacts the environment and the human. In 2012, the company was awarded UNESCO's Seal of Excellence for their sustainable textile made from lotus microfibre. The Seal encourages artisans to produce handicrafts using traditional skills, patterns, and themes in an innovative and sustainable way