Cambodia is a production country for many big fast fashion brands producing their fashion masses on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Part of fast fashion are fast changing trends and colors which results in styles being changed or not produced at all even though the fabric for it was already made. Fabric which was carefully crafted out of valuable recourses using water and energy. So what happens with these deadstock fabrics that are not wanted by the big garment factories anymore?
They are sold to local family businesses who sell them in big storage places in the suburban neighbourhoods of Phnom Penh. We call it fabric heaven because that is where we buy the fabric for the Good Krama Collections. All our fabrics are upcycled from these kind of deadstock or are handwoven in the Takeo Province of Cambodia. We use that unwanted fabric to not only save it from being thrown away but also because they are very valuable good quality materials that bring a special uniqueness to the Good Krama collections.
Within these Fabric warehouses we can find all different types of fabrics in all different quantities. Sometimes there are meters and meters on a roll of one particular but then another only offers a couple of inches. You never know what you will find. It is important to take closer looks, compare qualities and also climb on top of fabric mountains and use all your strength to pull to find the desired item. It is hot, dusty and stuffy but usually worth it. Treasures like our Tropicool fabric from the new collection can be found here.
Often we come here with a list of specific fabrics we want and the trip ends up in a real hunt to find it. Other times we get inspiration here and let ourselves be surprised by what we find. In every way, these fabrics are only available in limited amounts and after that we will never find them again which makes every piece of the Good Krama Collection unique and special.
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