Lotus fabric

The most spiritual fabric 

Experimental research conducted in remote villages enabled Samatoa to bring back to life long forgotten skills. Thousands of years ago, the art of creating lotus fabrics was widely spread, but then forgotten. Since then, lotus flowers were still harvested in Cambodia, but not their valuable stem that was left in the water. What a waste! Samatoa decided to bring back to life those ancestral technics, and to weave lotus fabric using the fiber contained in those stems.

Lotus fabric has unique properties: it is naturally soft, light, especially breathable, and almost wrinkle free. It is also a very eco-friendly fabric containing no chemicals or toxic products. It’s probably the most ecological fabric in the world. We transform a stem that would have turned to waste into a quality textile, while not using any polluting energy during the entirety of the production process.

Buddha with lotus scarf
Lotus production flow

Starting with this uniquely soft and breathable fabric, we developed the first prototypes of our new collection. Our lotus fabrics are all made possible thanks to the skill of our artisans who possess unparalleled expertise, and create strikingly precise and detailed designs.

Some figures around lotus fabric manufacturing:

  • 4 harvests of lotus per day
  • 1 hectare of lake per spinner
  • 1 spinner can produce up to 250 meters of thread a day
  • Around 30kg of stems are needed to produce 250 meters of thread
  • 1 experimented weaver can weave 1 meter of lotus fabric a day

In 2012, we submitted a sarong, made from our unique lotus fibers to the UNESCO handicrafts program and received their Seal of Excellence. The Seal “encourages artisans to produce handicrafts using traditional skills, patterns, and themes in an innovative way in order to ensure the continuity and sustainability of these traditions and skills.” The award is a sign of the craft expert jury’s recognition of high quality materials.

Upon receiving the Seal of Excellence, our lotus fabrics have received a great deal of attention from designers all around the world.