There’s beauty in the patterns of life that are pieced together to make a quilt. In making such a quilt, many individual pieces of material represent stories of life in poor rural communities.
What to experience ?
Beautiful, high quality, hand-crafted bed covers greet you as you approach the entrance to the shop of Mekong Quilts. Resembling the patchwork and stitching patterns that you remember from your grandmother, the quilts have been superbly recreated with some contemporary designs to add to this revived tradition.
Upon entering their shop in Phnom Penh you are greeted by a wide variety of quilts to choose from which include different colours and themes, and range from contemporary to traditional designs.
You will find a range of quilt types including traditional, patterned and patchwork, Asian inspired, and even children’s and babies’. The quilts are created using both modern and traditional designs filled with either simple or detailed, intricate patterns.
Mekong Quilts also specialise in accessories and gifts made from the same quality fabrics and sewn with the same quality and care. They accept custom orders to ensure you have that unique product to suit any home. All Mekong Quilts remain simple and classic in their entirety, having an ageless appeal to all buyers.
How does it help ?
Every quilt is hand stitched by women from poor rural areas of Cambodia with the women taking great pride in their workmanship, striving to consistently improve their skills.
Mekong Quilts began as an income generating project, founded in 2001 in Vietnam under the parent organisation Mekong Plus, which provided poor and impoverished women with a sustainable livelihood. The programme then expanded to Cambodia helping more women provide for their families.
With the women being able to work in their communities, children are able to attend school regularly. Women can also stay in the village instead of temporarily moving to Phnom Penh for work during the off season. Currently, Mekong Quilts employs a total of around 340 women across Cambodia and Vietnam. The work in Cambodia is centred in the village of Rumdoul, Svay Rieng Province.
Profits generated from the sale of the quilts are reinvested into the community through Mekong Plus, to support local communities. This includes programmes such as scholarships for children, agricultural training and micro-finance programmes, etc.
With several of their quilters disabled, Mekong Plus has started a large inclusive education program which aims at adapting the schools and the communities to people with disabilities.
- World Bank for innovative development actions
- VUSTA Vietnam Union of Scientific & Technical Associations
- The Guide Awards Vietnam business magazine
At Phnom Penh
#49 Street 240
tel: +855 232 1960