"If you forget my name, just call me 'sim', like a SIM card in your phone", Naysim jokes, before inviting me in to have a look at how she creates fabric with the help of the silk worms she breeds. 

Naysim is witty, warm and she speaks fluent English. Chatting with her is easy and i'm relieved not to have to rely on my limited Khmer. 

She lives in in Prek Bongkong Village, just outside of Phnom Penn, the Cambodian capitol. 

"These silkworms are eating mulberry leaves," Naysim says. She grows their food-source on her property. It takes about 28 days for them to mature. Then they'll spend two to three days making themselves a cocoon. 

After the moth leaves its silk cocoon behind—Naysim takes it and turns it into a fine fiber. She then dyes it using a mix of local plants and chemicals.

"My clients come from all over. I source to the local markets here in Phnom Penh, mostly. I also source internationally."

Naysim's work is slow and meticulous. It will take her a few days to produce a scarf she can sell for usd$35.

"It takes a long time because we weave by hand. We don't have machines", she explains.

The women in her family have been doing this work for four generations, she tells me. "I learned from my grandmother, who learned from her mother." 

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