May 1, 2014

Textile Trip 2014: Siem Reap

This will be the last post on my Textile Trip 2014. I was away for a couple of weeks during Easter break. It had been quite a hectic couple of of months for me with the textile trip in March and again in April to Tasmania. Unfortunately, I caught a cold from somewhere at the end of my textile trip and had been unwell for a few weeks. I'm glad that I am finally free of it just before we left for Tasmania. I will tell you about that in the next post. Today I will share with you some photos from Siem Reap.

Siem Reap is in Cambodia. It's the city where Angkor Park is located. Angkor Wat was on my list of places to visit. I'm glad I finally went there. Cambodia is a Buddhist country, so many of the images here are relating to Buddhism. Hope you enjoy them. 

Incense is a big part of Buddhism.
These colourful ones were at the altar in
our hotel 

Buddha statues are everywhere in
Siem Reap. They are made of various

Buddha poses and postures, you can read
about them here

You can find Buddha altars in strange places

You find Buddhas in a garden

Buddhas are used as decorative items too 

This was the hallway in our hotel in Siem Reap

As part of our Siem Reap visit we got to do pottery at the Siem Reap Ceramic Center. We got to make two pieces, but could only choose to fire one to bring home. We visited Old Siem Reap Market many times too.

 Janine on the wheel with a local helper

This is my piece before it was fired.
It turned out okay and I brought it home.

Typical scene outside the Old Market in
Siem Reap 

Siem Reap has the best market for antiques
and collectibles

Lots of collectibles are related to Buddhism

Gorgeous hand woven silk 

A miniature betel-nut tray I was in-love with
and finally found one in Bangkok to bring back

 Phare Youth Cirque Du Cambodia recommended
to us. It was a brilliant show!

Images below are from temples in Angkor Park. There were many old temples in the park, but I only chose my favourite photos to share with you here.

The temple of Ta Prohm

A scene used in the Tomb Raider the movie

Angkor Wat early in the morning
(only a few tourists!)

Many doors and hallway images I took photos of

Just to give you a perspective of how the roots
have taken over the temple

I love taking photos of empty corridors 

A long and empty corridor

A well preserved façade of the tree-of-life 

Another façade of the tree-of-life

Below are my favourite Apsara dancing ladies, with different hair-dos. They are over 1500 of them around Angkor Wat. 


Another highlight of my visit to Siem Reap is the floating village in Tonle Sap Lake. It was about one hour's drive outside Siem Reap. Houses along the way are built on stilts high enough for when the rainy season comes. After the bus ride we got into a boat that took us out along the river leading to the lake. The scenery was interesting and photogenic. 

Floating homes

Faces of Siem Reap

Houses on stilts

This blog is turning to be a travel blog lately. Thanks for coming along and sharing it with me. A big part of my life is living a life of the expatriate and travelling to see the world. Even though our permanent address is in Australia now, we still enjoy travelling and seeing part of the world that we haven't seen before or we loved and want to go back. 

We have seen a lot of Australia as well, but there is a lot more to discover here too. You read that when we are still strong and able you go to faraway places and when you are less able to travel you see what is near to you. That's what I'm doing, I think!

I haven't got any more travel planned for this year. In order to get inspired I've signed up for Alchemy 2014 online class with Karen Ruane. Karen does beautiful work and is a very inspiring teacher. I want to make another journal cover and I thought taking this workshop would get me started on a journal for my next trip whenever that may be! 

Until next time


Needled Mom said...

It was such a delight to travel along with you on this trip. The sights look amazing with so much history being seen as well. I would want to bring home a wee bit of everything - those silk scarves, the nut bowl. etc. Thank you so much for sharing your travels with all of us, Nat.

I'm also glad that you were able to shake that nasty cold.

Tracy said...

Hope you are feeling better now, Nat... LOVE that big incense display!! (I miss burning incense at home for ritual... My hubby is allergic to a lot of scent, dust... so have to be mindful... ;o) BEAUTIFUL statues...*sigh*... Fun with the foray into pottery to take home! And Angkor Wat! The floating village is amazing. So much enjoyed all the variety from you trip. I lately discovered Karen Ruane's site and am intrigued with her methods of stitching and those ledgers she makes. The Alchemy class tempts! I will look forward to seeing what you create. :o) Happy Days, Nat ((HUGS))

deanna7trees said...

i always love seeing scenes from cultures so different from my own. it's the next best thing to traveling there....and you are so great at sharing your adventures. i'm thrilled that we will be in Alchemy together.

Terry said...

Ah lovely photos of Angor Wat. Wayne was taken with the Apsara when we visited. The river was very high when we visited with lots of activity.
Glad you had a wonderful trip.

Nedra said...

Wonderful pictures of Siem Reap, Nat. Loved them all. I've really enjoyed seeing your perspective from the trip.

Nifty Quilts said...

Your photos are truly enchanting. You've convinced me that I must go to this area of the world. xo

Nanette said...

I've enjoyed travelling along with you too. I don't think I could resist one of those bells you saw in the market.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Fascinating the Buddhas and he incense too. I love to see pics of your travels! Keep Travelling Girl...I know you will!

Dale said...

Hello Natima,thank you for sharing those beautiful images. Coming from a Buddhist family myself, I always appreciate the artistic merit of Buddhist sculptures and artworks.
Betel nuts are also embedded in Taiwanese culture, especially in the southern part of Taiwan, where the climate is tropical. I am intrigued with the betel-nut tray. Is it made from timber?
Hope you have recovered well from the cold.

Peggy said...

I love your travel journal posts, Nat! I get a little peek of the world through you because I'm not much of a traveler. Either I worried about the kids or the dogs or the garden or my parents, and on and on. Things have changed now though so who knows! Can't wait to see what you make in your next class! xoxo

Eton said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful pictures. I love different culture and their dresses. I have huge interest in textile field. Textile manufacturer play an important role to give different and new look to cloth.

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