The Embassy of Malaysia and Maybank played host to Princess Azizah of Malaysia’s Pahang state at a silk weaving training centre in Takeo province on Tuesday.
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Princess Azizah and her 16-member delegation, who were on a three-day visit to Cambodia, watched a presentation by the Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme at the centre.
The programme is a charitable initiative by the Maybank Foundation, driven in partnership with the bank’s local units and partners.
Representatives from the Embassy of Malaysia were also on hand to facilitate the tour.
The foundation is recognised by Asean and endorsed by the Asean Foundation.
Qazreen Chan Abdullah, head of corporate affairs and communications at Maybank Cambodia, said that as a regional bank, Maybank appreciates the traditions and heritage across Southeast Asia, including the struggles women face to preserve the ancient art of textile weaving.
Through the Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme, the bank promotes traditional textiles in a sustainable manner, whilst creating economic independence and financial inclusion for women weavers across Asean.
The Maybank Silk Weaving Training Centre in Takeo is one of the key initiatives of the foundation.
Princess Azizah expressed admiration for the foundation’s work in Takeo, which has created business opportunities for underprivileged women, in addition to specific skills training.
She also made a point to visit silk weaving and handicrafts centres in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, before she and her delegation departed to Laos.
The delegation, as part of their tour of the handicraft industry in Cambodia, visited the Sobbhana Foundation and Silk Island in Phnom Penh, as well as Siem Reap’s Angkor Artisan Village, Puok Island and Prolung Pottery and Weaving Centre.