Two weeks. Whiz. Zip. Flown by.
Highlights of the week included: visiting Prolung Khmer, a weaving and training center run by another NGO in Siem Reap; scouring local handicrafts store Rajana to see what types of weaving are being sold and the kinds of products they’re applied to; a blind rum tasting at Miss Wong’s to test out a new cambodian brand of rum; learning the logistics of the weaving program I’m managing, like how the cotton is transported from the dyer to the weavers and how often the master weaver meets with each individual weaver; honing my math skills in an attempt to figure out costing and pricing for finished goods and fabric (with loads of help from the head of operations and the cfo); sending my first swatches of fabric to takeo province to see if the master dyer can match a color; spending evenings helping out at wanderlust and being thankful for my graphic design classes as i designed letterhead and a media kit; meeting designers who have been looking for woven ikats but didn’t know where to find them (well, hello. here i am and that’s what i’m doing. how can i help you?); finalizing the patterns for our spring & summer 2011 offering; finalizing the color palette (next week i’ll be matching threads from dyes we’ve already produced and also requesting dips of colors we don’t have but are necessary); spending hours trolling through flickr and being inspired by the vivid colors and muted tones; beginning to design products for our first home and fashion collection and hoping to have prototypes within a few weeks; 2 for 1 drinks at angkor famous (2 mojitos for $1.50, please and thank you); attending a holiday party with a christmas tree at a friend’s apartment; and lastly, basking in the sun poolside at the golden banana today (which i think will be my new sunday tradition).
I’ve been taking photos but stupidly left the cords necessary to connect my camera to the computer on my desk at home. Good ole Mom is sending them to me, but until then I’ll have to use my words to share this experience with you.
x’s & o’s from cambodia,