Weaving Lotus Flower Fabric
a lasting connection to improve the well-being of the poorest
In 2003, Samatoa established the foundations of a solid fabric composed of the best experts in bio-textiles and ethical fashion. Samatoa is a social textile enterprise focusing on the values of fair trade and sustainable development to create an alternative to the textile industry. Creating the greenest and most innovative textile in the world, Samatoa was recognized in 2012 by the UNESCO Prize for excellence for its unique lotus flower fabric.
Its unique lotus, 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. Samatoa wants to win market shares by responding in priority to requests for lotus flower fabric and create the necessary leverage to sustain its overall growth. Samatoa is responsible for the manufacturing processes from beginning to end – from yarn to finished product – with no intermediaries or outside providers. 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.
During our search, we also developed a fantastic team of expert spinners, weavers, seamstresses, and designers. Our innovative fabrics are 100% ecological, hand spun, and woven, following traditional Cambodian methods. This gives them a unique texture and properties that is now in high demand worldwide and currently unavailable elsewhere on the planet.
Our lotus flower fabric is currently sold our Siem Reap shop as well as in Tang Tang Tang Tang (TTTT) in Hong Kong, and the Tangs Store in Singapore. Our fabrics are in demand by designers from the United States, Europe, and Australia.
The lotus flower fabric, the most spiritual fabric in the world, allows the emancipation to 30 vulnerable Cambodian women. Samatoa uses the best socially responsible manufacturing techniques to create eco fabrics that support women’s empowerment in Cambodia. Our aim is to duplicate the workshop pilot project in Siem Reap and increase production capacity.
The impact of expanding of our eco-textile company will be considerable for a variety of reasons. First, of course, we will provide over 500 women with long-lasting employment. We will ensure that these local handicrafts made in traditional ways but using new ecofibers are never forgotten. Poor communities benefit from market for lotus and education for farming. Lotus farming works in parallel with rice farming.
Preserving the environment, paying people fairly, and treating each person with respect and dignity are our prerequisites for a sustainable fashion business. All of our workers are paid a living wage, have trade union rights, paid leave, and health insurance, not to mention a safe working environment.
Our fibers are also incredibly friendly to the environment. The extraction, spinning, and weaving of the lotus flower fabric, consumes no polluting resources such as oil, electricity, or gas, and do not require any toxic chemicals. Social and environmental benefit and economic value are given to growing lotus and environmental conservation is taught to farmers. There is zero environmental impact in our process. Lotus benefits both nature and humans.
This is why the basics of the Samatoa model rely on the belief that the most sustainable economic development is intrinsically linked to best social, environmental, and economic practices.