Bits and Bobs from Khmer Creations

Birthday present to myself – a new black Cardie May 14 2017, 0 Comments

It was my Birthday last week, so I bought myself a present. A new black Cardigan!

Me and Black Cardigan


Animal print joy April 23 2017, 0 Comments

I LOVE a good animal print. After a day of meeting new customers, styling, and re-stocking, I decided to take a stroll down Street 240 and do some shopping. Found this little gem!

Animal Print


The quest for the best ethical black cardie begins April 14 2017, 0 Comments

One thing I can’t live without is a black cardigan (or three). I need a new black cardigan as I seem to have misplaced mine (missing in action following a work function). 

Any suggestions?

Cardigans


Changing my shopping habits - keep me on the wagon April 01 2017, 0 Comments

In 2017, I am committing to change my fashion habits. I plan to document my hopefully interesting journey through the ethical fashion wilderness and share my discoveries with you all. I am making four commitments to get me started.

Getting the journey started with my first clothes swap of 2017!


Alternatives to burying your scarves at the bottom of the wardrobe September 26 2016, 0 Comments

An outfit without a scarf is no outfit at all. Cue Pinterest search for the best/easiest/most convenient scarf storage ideas! My top five scarf storage ideas for you.

Scarf Storage


Our fav jewellery storage ideas July 15 2016, 4 Comments

Too much jewellery? Never! Just not enough space to store it all, that's the problem. Here are five of our favourite jewellery storage ideas – some DIY and some ready-made.


Designing with Cutlery July 04 2016, 0 Comments

Couture Cutlery

So I promised to serve you up a tasty cutlery post, but I’m afraid it won’t be on a silver platter. I learned long ago that working with sterling silver is still a little out of our production capacity and design scope (that’s me euphemistically saying it’s out of our budget). This got me to thinking about using non-precious metals to create new designs. Of course, it’s not quite that simple. These metals had to be available in Cambodia; strong, but malleable enough to use with simple hand tools; affordable; and resistant to tarnishing in the humid environment. Although it seemed like a somewhat fanciful wish-list, just like Derek Zoolander, everything became clear to me while staring at a spoon.


Guest Blog Post by Tiffany Tsang, Photographer extraordinaire June 17 2016, 0 Comments

When you're first starting out, you've got to be infinitely grateful for the clients who come to you. And even more thankful for the ones who are patient enough to understand that you are still learning.  This is when I learned that white background product photography is one tough cookie. 


Designing with Hardware June 08 2016, 2 Comments

A humble metal washer you say?

My revelation in the humid corridors of a bustling market in downtown Phnom Penh marked the beginning of a big change in my design style. I started looking at everything in a new way – (you’ll need to read this next part with a menacing voice) nothing was safe, everything was a jewellery element (you’ll need to stop the menacing voice now otherwise the rest of this post is going to give off a really weird vibe).


Designing in Cambodia June 01 2016, 0 Comments

A designer in Phnom Penh

To begin with a profound understatement; designing in Cambodia is a challenge. It is a world away from the air-conditioned jewellery studios and abundantly stocked bead shops that I so unthinkingly took for granted in Australia. The reality of this hit home in June 2008 during my second series of jewellery making classes.

Crochet jewellery coffee


Social business of the month October 06 2014, 0 Comments

Why we love Skateistan Cambodia

 Skateistan is the first international development initiative to combine skateboarding with educational outcomes (why has this not been done before!). Skateistan is non-political, independent and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds.I have never successfully ridden a skateboard, and to be honest, I am petrified of trying. But Skateistan is bringing amazing opportunities to young people in Afghanistan and Cambodia through skateboarding.


Cambodian National Holiday - Pchum Ben September 29 2014, 0 Comments

Festival of the dead


Do you remember the last time you fed the ghosts of your ancestors by throwing a ball of rice through the air? If you answered no, chances are you’re not Khmer.

The hardworking staff of Khmer Creations have been off enjoying a well‑earned break, with many travelling back to their home provinces to celebrate Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day), or as we first came to know it, the Festival of the Dead. This 15 day Buddhist festival is unique to Cambodia, not shared by its Buddhist neighbours Thailand or Myanmar, and is one of the most important festivals in Cambodia (along with Khmer New Year of course).

At its heart, this festival is all about honouring your ancestors and paying respects to those who have come before you. Many Khmers will visit a pagoda in order to feed the ghosts of their ancestors, who come to receive food from the living. Upon receiving food, the ancestor ghosts will then bless their living family members. However, should the ghosts visit seven pagodas and not receive an offering from their family, then they will curse them (not a situation you want to be in). The offerings normally consist of Bay Ben, cooked rice formed into small balls in the palm of your hand, which are scattered on to the ground around pagodas. Many Khmer will also make offerings to the Prett (the damned), those deceased who have no family to commemorate them – a particularly touching gesture for a country that has undergone so much suffering.

So if you find yourself in Cambodia in late‑September or early October, visit a pagoda and witness one of the country’s most sacred holidays. Oh, and remember, be nice to the dead!


Big Spring Sale September 27 2014, 0 Comments


Get on board with the Polished Man campaign September 11 2014, 0 Comments

Polished man is an innovative fundraising campaign run by YGap that challenges men to end violence against children.

To become a “POLISHED MAN”, you need to:

  1. Fundraise to support preventative measures of violence against children.
  2. Wear nail polish between the 1st – 15th of September and raise the conversation about ending violence against children.
  3. Be a leader in your community by condemning violence against children.

The idea behind this campaign evolved from an experience Elliot Costello, CEO of YGap, had when visiting Hagar International in Cambodia. Hagar are a world leader in caring for children who have suffered severe human rights abuses – from trafficking, domestic violence, to acid burns.

Find out more and donate to our Polished Man at www.polishedman.com.au/


One year celebration September 10 2014, 0 Comments

August marked the one year anniversary of our collaboration with Cambodia Knits. The year has flown by, but it has been our best year yet!

We had a special celebration to commemorate the massive year Khmer Creations and Cambodia Knits has had together, including the opening a new fair trade handicrafts shop – Cambodian Creations.

  

A very big thank you to our dedicated staff, Monika from Cambodia Knits for making it all happen and of course to the continued support of our customers!

 

 


Why we love Cambodia Knits! July 08 2014, 0 Comments

Every month we will introduce you to one of our favourite social businesses from Cambodia and around the world. To get things started, let us tell you why we love Cambodia Knits!

 

Cambodia Knits is a social enterprise working with marginalized communities in and near Phnom Penh. Apart from having an awesome ethical business model, here are a few more reasons why we love Cambodia Knits:

  • We adore the crazy and lovable little creatures that Cambodia Knits create!
  • They use vibrant colours and high quality materials to knit and crochet gorgeous products.
  • They provide individuals, families and communities with training and sustainable and flexible employment.
  • They are empowering communities through ethical business.
  • Oh, and one more thing; in 2013, Cambodia Knits and Khmer Creations Jewellery Studio combined powers to open a brand new fair trade store in Phnom Penh – Cambodian Creations!
Cambodia Knits Magnet ToysCheck out the Cambodia Knits website or, if you are in Cambodia, visit our shop Cambodian Creations – House 116, Street 113, just outside Toul Sleng Museum

Two weeks with Khmer Creations and Cambodian Creations - Fiona Caripis January 23 2014, 0 Comments

On October 5th I arrived at the Khmer Creations studios. The challenge for the week was set; to transform ex-office space into a new shop front. Luckily, working with talented studio manager Samnang (of Khmer Creations) and Monika (Cambodian Knits), it was soon apparent that anything was possible!

A brand new start January 23 2014, 0 Comments

If a change is as good as a holiday, then consider all of the hard working staff at Khmer Creations now on leave. As of September 2013, KC took another step towards becoming Cambodia’s finest producer of equitable handmade jewellery by moving to a bigger and better workshop.