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Horror and then beauty

Horror and then beauty


After a gruelling day trying to understand what has gone on here in Cambodia it was lovely to see the beautiful traditional dancing at the National Museum. We must never forget what happened here with 338 killing centres all over Cambodia murdering over 2 million people in the Khmer Rouge genocide from 1975 to 1979. We visited the S21 torture centre in Phnom Penh then the killing fields about 15 kms away. Very shocking but the truth of what the Cambodian people have been through must be known. We then visited a hospital started by young volunteers doctors to help the very poor who have no access to medical care. The traditional dancing was exquisite and revealed the proud and ancient culture of the Khmer people.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh
We have only been in Cambodia for two days and already it has been a wild and confronting ride in a country with such a brutal recent past. Yesterday we went looking for products for samsara-online.com First off we visited the factory founded by an Italian man to make beautiful jewellery from bombs and land mines. He came to Phnom Penh fourteen years ago adopting a Cambodian orphan and since then has started schools and a jewellery making school for homeless Cambodian kids where they can live and learn skills that keep them out of terrible poverty and prostitution. 

Inspiring people everywhere

Inspiring people everywhere
We are all set for meeting up with inspiring people who have set up organizations to provide skills and work for the many people disabled by land mines and years of war and trauma. Also to provide women and girls with skills training that gives them a way to earn a living and prevent them falling in to the sex trade through poverty. For example silk weaving or jewellery making from bomb casings.earrings from brass bomb casings cambodia

Cambodia at last

Cambodia at last
The bombs of war transformed in to beautiful jewellery...Bracelet bomb jewellery Cambodia

Angkor Wat and beautiful handwoven silks

Angkor Wat and beautiful handwoven silks
cambodian handwoven silk scarvesWe are super excited about our upcoming Cambodian trip and hoping to return with gorgeous silk products in rainbow colours like these beautiful scarves. 

Getting ready for Cambodia

Getting ready for Cambodia
We are getting ready to travel to Cambodia to search for more beautiful products for Samsara. We are particularly interested in the gorgeous silk scarves handwoven as they have been for centuries. Also the great new products that recycle flour and rice bags to make wallets and bags and turn rubber tyre inner tubes in to wallets. This all helps keep rubbish off the streets and makes beautiful things that help poor communities.

Celebrating a new life welcomed back after the old body is cremated

Celebrating a new life welcomed back after the old body is cremated
Walking along the beach at Sanur, Bali, a cremation ceremony is in full swing. Offerings, gamelan music, and the celebration of a new life to be reincarnated in the midst of death and loss.  So very different from my own culture...

Just back from Bali

Just back from Bali
Another great adventure looking for beautiful products for Samsara. This time in Bali, an outpost of Hinduism in Indonesia. It is a most mysterious island.