Artist Profiles

Artist:

Chantha Nguon

Region:

East Asia and the Pacific

Country:

Cambodia

Organization:

Stung Treng Women's Development Centre/Mekong Blue

Media/General:

Textiles

Year(s) Attended:

Arlington: 2018
Santa Fe: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018

About:

Chantha started the Stung Tren Women’s Development Centre in 2002 with a $3,000 grant from Partner in Progress in a small house with two traditional wooden weaving looms and a big dream. The project focuses on teaching and mentoring local women in the art of ikat silk weaving while developing life skills that assist in breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. The Mekong Blue silk products are now regarded as one of the finest silk products in Cambodia. Chantha is recognized as a UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner.