SOT PRONIT 2021
“Sot Pronit” collection was inspired by Cambodian culture and each and every woman working in our community. From the bottom of our heart, as silk lovers and currently working with 600 weavers in a big community, “Sot Pronit” goes back to the roots of traditional textile material and weaving and dyeing techniques, which have survived hundreds of years. “Sot Pronit” is Khmer for “premium silk” and shows exactly what the brand stands for.
Weaving is the best way for women in rural areas to generate a stable daily income. The weavers in our communities operate from sunrise to sunset in the beautiful green countryside on manual looms, using organic silk and cotton yarn. In the process there is no electricity involved, resulting in a zero carbon dioxide emission. In addition the patterns for “Sot Pronit” are square shaped, as to reduce the waste of excess fabric.
Fast fashion almost always means losing quality and the consciousness of the fine art of materials and handicraft. “Sot Pronit” wants to give an alternative by producing slow and fair fashion to give you a balance to the busy and fast urban life.
The fabrics used for “Sot Pronit” are mostly plain, with highlights of the traditional “Kurm Hol” pattern, which is also referred to as “Ikat”. This pattern reflects the Cambodian countryside and is inspired by the rice fields, trees, flowers, fruits, stars and the moon and also by poems and tales from the past.
The design of the Ikat pattern is made by tying the yarns used in the weft, before dyeing and weaving the fabric. Since every single thread has to be placed accurately, the weaving process is very complex and time consuming.
Organic Golden Silk is made from Cambodian natural yellow silk cocoons. The silk worms are fed by organic mulberry leaves.
Organic Cotton yarns are produced in the local communities. The cotton trees are grown on rural farms by the families in the community, who process the cotton buds into yarn by hand‐spinning.
Natural Khmer Dye is made from tree barks, tree leaves, tree seeds and flowers that can be found around the villages. The Khmer Dye is a complicated process and very time consuming, as it takes about two to three hours of boiling the material to create a nice and strong colour for dyeing.
German Dye is a chemical‐free dye that is non‐toxic and doesn’t harm the skin and health.