Life in Cambodia as a woman can be tough, with women expected to wed young and look after the home. However, Vannary San is one woman who has battled adversity to buck the trend and follow her dreams. Now she is hoping to bring back to life an ancient art while elevating poverty-stricken communities.
Softly spoken Vannary San’s eyes light up as she talks about the latest step in her mission to breathe new life into Cambodia’s steadily dwindling silk industry.
“Silk weaving is part of our heritage,” says the 39 year old. “It’s a big part of our culture, of our identity — you can see this on the temples at Angkor Wat. I couldn’t let this ancient art disappear.”