Lotus based handcrafted textiles from the rural women of Cambodia - Innovation @ E2Expo
Updated : November 2020
Lotus fibres for sustainable textiles
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.
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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.