Our Story

Golden Silk’s adventure is that of a personal destiny for our founder Mrs. OUM Sophea Pheach – linked to a collective history full of remarkable and dramatic events.

From the very beginning of Golden Silk, our desire has been to channel the misfortunes of our country by reconstructing the Khmer cultural civilisation while magnifying the singular contribution of the people in its history.

Our Founder

Golden Silk is managed by Madame OUM Sophea Pheach, former Director of the National Center of Cambodian Silk.

After her studies in France, Pheach decided to return to Cambodia to work in the Khmer refugee camps on the Thai border. The 1991 Paris Peace Agreement after the war saw the return of thousands of refugees, many of them orphans. Pheach set up a village for orphan children called Sovanaphoum Komar in 1992.

Pushed by the desire to rebuild the prestige of the Khmer culture, she decided to tackle this challenge by creating “Golden Silk Pheach” in 2002.

Today, Golden Silk provides employment opportunities to many former orphans from the village and to other disadvantaged rural people living in the surrounding areas of the Preservation Center.

Sophea Oum Family Picture

With today’s strength and yesterday’s wisdom for tomorrow’s beauty

Oum Sophea Pheach

The Women Behind

In our affluent and unequal world, women are at the forefront of the struggle against poverty and oppression.

In Cambodia, as elsewhere, women are both the ultimate goal of development and its means. Through their skills, link to their training and their desire to create, they promote the action of emancipation that contributes to change.

As soon as they work and create, their voice becomes more audible and their status allows them to play an active role in creating artistic wealth while rediscovering the meaning of tradition.

Golden Silk Pheach

Founded in the purest traditions, which have made Khmer silk makers known worldwide, and using closely guarded secrets of production maintained for generations, Golden Silk Pheach offers a selection of fine and rare art silk products, adapted to the discerning demands of today. Golden Silk products are ecologically produced from the yellow silkworm, which is traditionally found in Southeast Asia and particularly in the northwest of Cambodia.

This unique silk has practically disappeared due to its very low yield (15 times less than the white silk), which forbids any mechanization in its transformation process requiring a labour intensive process and highly skilled methods of producing and weaving. Nevertheless, the quality and desire for this fine silk is unequalled. At Golden Silk Pheach, our textiles are woven and dyed by hand, making each piece entirely unique.

Golden Silk Thread Drying Process
Golden Silk Traditional Khmer Weaving - Taken by Conor Wall
Golden Silk Thread