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Artisans Angkor and its original Cambodian Christmas tree

Artisans Angkor and its original Cambodian Christmas tree

Original christmas treeEven if Cambodia is mostly a Buddhist country which was not used to celebrating holidays like Christmas, it now becomes more and more common to see Christmas decoration in the streets of Cambodia’s big cities, hotels and boutiques.

Therefore it was a great honour when during fall 2012, the luxury hotel Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra asked us if we could create an original Christmas tree that they would put in the middle of their entrance hall.

This was quite a challenge as the requirements were to be loyal to our traditional handmade skills, to the crafts that we master and to propose a distinctive version of a “typical” Christmas tree. Our Research and Development department worked a lot on the design and technical conception of this masterpiece which was entirely made by Artisans Angkor.

This creation consists of thousands of delicate silver-plated pieces which were carefully arranged into the conical shape of a Christmas tree. In order to come out with an impressive result, everything had to be thoroughly thought out beforehand.

Photo: Nick Sells www.KampucheaPartyrepublic.com

This Christmas tree depicts important Cambodian emblems: the Royal Elephant which represents wisdom and stability and the flower whose shape recalls the refined crown of the charming Apsaras. As for the snowflakes, they are a tribute to winter and its traditions.

It took more than one month for our artisans in the Siem Reap province to put together this exceptional piece which is 3.75 meters high and 3 meters wide. Then they set up the tree in December to ornament the Phnom Penh Sofitel hall for a few weeks.

This special order shows an example of Artisans Angkor’s evolution to more contemporary pieces, yet preserving the Khmer traditional background and techniques upon which our identity has been built.

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