Quality Lotus fabric has unique properties: it is naturally soft, light and breathable. It is also a very eco-friendly fabric containing no chemicals or toxic products. It’s probably the most ecological fabric in the world.
« The soul spreads itself like a lotus with innumerable petals » (Khalil Gibran)
In South Asia, the sacred Lotus is omnipresent in religious history. For Buddhists, beyond the fact that the lotus is considered a sacred flower, it’s a symbol of every man and woman’s ability to surpass their conditions no matter their origin, and accomplish themselves, just like the lotus flower growing tall until it floats above the muddy waters. 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.
The plant on which Buddha is frequently seen sitting expresses all the promises of the future and of becoming a better man. For decades, the flower has been identified to symbolize wisdom and spirituality. We can equally read the Lotus Sutra as an encouragement to actively engage in others’ lives as well as society. The lotus flower is unlike any other flower. It grows in rough conditions, surrounded by mud under the water. The lotus seems to be fragile, but it is flexible and strong, and finally gets out of the muddy water to open itself to the world and become a beautiful flower; it’s why make it perfect eco luxury fabrics.
Samatoa believes in the symbolic strength of the Lotus Sutra and is using the same positive and humanist dynamic on which it has developed its economic, social, and environmental project, allowing vulnerable women from small Cambodian villages to become autonomous, to live and to support their family decently.
There is a popular Asian saying that a pond without lotus is like a home without women. Indeed, the lotus is still really important in the daily lives of the Cambodian people. Used in religious rituals as well as in domains like medicine, cuisine, and cosmetics, the lotus is far less known for its textile use. Once worn by Buddhist monks, the weaving of lotus fiber was once known and used across South East Asia without a doubt. It is now entering Eco Luxury Fabrics market.
However, this activity began to fall into obscurity. Only the inhabitants of Inle Lake’s floating villages have continued to perpetuate this ancestral craft. Day after day, Samatoa brings lotus fabric back to life guided by its symbolism. For Samatoa, the Lotus represents the culmination of the company’s ultimate quest for excellence in eco luxury fabrics.
The lotus fabric, the new eco luxury fabrics, 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 eco-fibers 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 eco luxury fabrics 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 fiber 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. Vegetal plants clean the water (phyto), provide foods for humans and animals (textifood), and protect animals (ecosystem). 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.
We believe that ecofashion is defined not just by the use of natural fibers, but also by the use of fair-trade Cambodian labour in every step of a sustainable eco fabrics supply chain.
It’s with great pride that Samatoa bridges the gap between the rich and the poor using fair and ethical commerce, allowing formation, emancipation, and international recognition of our producers, to offer a chance to each man, and consequently vulnerable woman, to surpass their condition and elevate themselves, to accomplish “like the lotus flower growing above the muddy waters”.