Alexandria Main pure silk pajamas are made from Cambodian hand loomed silk. Which, to conscious consumers, has bigger picture importance.
I’ve chosen to use Cambodian silk because it has a value beyond just being beautiful. The art of weaving is a technique that has been handed down from mother to daughter, through the generations. Stands of mulberry trees - the food of choice for silkworms - would indicate a silk community. The Khmer Rouge period saw the virtual destruction of the silk industry, as the mulberry bushes were destroyed, and weavers were forced to turn their hands to agricultural production.
Since the end of the war, the international community and Cambodian government have co-operated to attempt to revive the silk sector. The Cambodian National Silk Strategy estimates that silk generated a sales volume of $35 million in 2014, or around 0.15% of Cambodia’s total GDP. In spite of the low monetary value to the country, the silk sector is counted among the 10 most important sectors for economic development because it represents a potent way out of poverty for groups who have few alternatives to make money. Many weavers live in isolated rural communities. Silk production offers the dual advantages of high value add and flexibility as it can be done in the weaver's house. The demand and price for silk have been steadily increasing. Between 2004 and 2014 Cambodian silk exports grew at an average rate of 14% per year. The price of Cambodian silk more than tripled in the seven years between 2007 and 2014.
Between 66% to 87% of the silk workforce are women. A significant number of these women are landmine or polio victims, people with disabilities, victims of human trafficking, widows and orphans. The US State Department reports that Cambodia is a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking. The sale of virgin women and children in Cambodia is a continual problem. Poverty makes people vulnerable. I’m not suggesting that buying a pair of silk pajamas is going to stop these scourges, but engaging people in financially beneficial work reduces their risk of being taken advantage of.
Knowing the provenance of our clothes and understanding that our choices have the potential to make a positive difference in the life of another person is powerful for us and powerful for them.
I hope you enjoy wearing your life altering pajamas.