The Department of Fine Arts and Handicrafts held an art exhibition on Wednesday on Khmer hol pidan silk weaving in an effort to promote the silk industry and boost its development in the Kingdom.
The exhibition was attended by around 200 people, including Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona and Chhim Sothy, a legendary Cambodian artist and the organiser of the exhibition.
Speaking at the exhibition held inside the Khmer Kite Museum, Sackona said: “The exhibition aims to promote local silk weaving products as well as preserve the silk weaving sector which Cambodia is well known to have a long and rich history in.”
The Cambodia silk weaving technique, hol pidan, is a form of art similar to crafting and drawing, but instead of drawing on a pagoda wall or paper, local people use silk to weave pictures and tell stories, which mostly relate to religion, Sackona said
“Hol pidan is a significant contributor to Cambodia culture today, thanks to the Cambodia silk weaving communities in Prey Kabbas district in Takeo province that produce and preserve our culture,” she added.
Sothy said: “Hol pidan Cambodian silk weaving is disappearing and it is rare to see local communities creating these types of silk anymore. Therefore, conducting this exhibition, I hope to educate the young generation on hol pidan to allow them to understand the significance of our cultural products.”
“To support and spread the culture of silk products, we need more exhibitions like this to promote and enable citizens and youths to become aware of the rich culture of the silk industry, which has been practiced since the 13th century,” he said. adding that most of the artists faced challenges in finding a place to exhibit their art and promote Khmer culture.
He asked the Culture Minister to allow the Khmer Kite Museum to become a national exhibition and gallery for other artists to hold exhibitions and foster more Khmer art and culture.