Symbolism of Lotus
« The soul spreads itself like a lotus with innumerable petals » (Khalil Gibran).
For decades, the flower has been identified to symbolize wisdom and spirituality.
Hence, Lotus textiles have unique properties: it is naturally soft, light, especially breathable and almost wrinkle free. Secondly, it’s probably the most ecological fabric in the world as it doesn’t contains any chemicals or toxic products. And finally, it is spinned and woven by hand following ancestral techniques.
Most of all, we believe that everyone has the potential to elevate themselves and reach Buddha’s state «without letting the world pollute them, like a lotus on water» as cited in the Lotus Sutra, one of Buddhism’s most important educational texts.
AWARD La France s'engage au Sud
Last award was in 2015, Samatoa was one of the 10 prize winners of the “France commits to the South” contest launched by the French President. It rewards socially innovative initiatives based on 5 criteria-namely: social benefit, innovation, capacity for expansion and duplication, outcomes and sustainability, and existing partnerships.
Award Unesco 2012
In 2012, we submitted a sarong, made from our unique lotus textiles, to the UNESCO handicrafts program and received their Seal of Excellence.
It was in 2003 that Samatoa established the foundations of a solid fabric composed of the best experts in bio-textiles and ethical fashion. Hence, Samatoa is a social textile enterprise focusing on the values of fair trade and sustainable development. Thus, It aims at creating an alternative to the textile industry. Finally, by creating the greenest and most innovative textile in the world, Samatoa was recognized in 2012 by the UNESCO Prize for excellence.
Then, its unique lotus textiles, silk, kapok and banana based fabrics are becoming increasingly popular amongst international designers in ethical fashion and luxury industries. Today, the demand is soaring and the company must support its growth to achieve sustainable development.
Mos of all, Samatoa is responsible for the manufacturing processes from beginning to end – from yarn to finished product – with no intermediaries or outside providers. Hence, this is how we ensure the quality of all our products.
For 10 years, we experimented more than 10 local natural fibers: lotus, pineapple, banana, water lily, romchek, kapok, papyrus, palm, silk, coconut, water hyacinth, and rice leaves.
Consequently during our search, we also developed a fantastic team of expert spinners, weavers, seamstresses, and designers. Most noteworthy, our innovative fabrics are 100% ecological, hand spun, and woven, following traditional Cambodian methods. Finally, this gives them a unique texture and properties that is now in high demand worldwide and currently unavailable elsewhere on the planet.
Award Unesco 2012
- Samatoa is awarded by Unesco in November 2012 for its innovative eco fashion sarong.
Samatoa is awarded thanks to its social innovation qualities by the French President, François Hollande
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