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Cocoon dress is a Khmer original


At a silk farm in Siem Reap province, Krig Kry has combined conceptual art and traditional fashion with what he calls the “cocoon dress”.

To remind his visitors where silk comes from – which is in fact produced by tiny silk worms, or pupa – he’s created a dress covered with rope made entirely from pupa cocoon.

To create the shell of the dress, Kry first makes the ropes out of cloth, and then goes through the painstaking process of gluing on individual cocoons.

“The cocoon dress is only for show [and not wearing],” Kry explained.

The cocoon dress does in fact look like a real cocoon.

Kry’s efforts to overlap a national tradition of producing silk with a brilliant streak of posh creativity have certainly paid off.



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