Light and beautiful kimono that looks just as good over a bikini as with it does over a top and a pair of shorts or jeans. The kimono is made from upcycled fabric, which is left-over fabric from Cambodia’s garment industry. The kimono is 100 cm long, which is just below the knee for me (I am 168cm tall). You can tie the kimono in the front or in the back.
The women at Lotus Silk purchase the fabric for the kimonos at the local markets around Phnom Penh. When they are at the market, I am following along on Messenger, and together we pick all the prettiest patterns.
We have made the kimono one-size to start with, and it fits a size S-L, but we are currently working on kimonos in size XL-XXL and they will be available for sale within the next month. If you use another size and would be interested in buying a beach kimono, please send me a non-binding email at email@example.com and I will arrange for your size to be available as soon as possible.
Material: 100% up-cycled polyester
Made in Cambodia
What is upcycled fabric?
Sometimes the garment factories order too much fabric, or a design gets cancelled resulting in piles of leftover fabrics. Traditionally, this leftover fabric ended up in landfills, but nowadays, you can find it on the local markets around Phnom Penh. By using this material to make new garment items, we prevent beautiful fabric from going to waste and contribute to a more sustainable garment production.
About Lotus Silk in Phnom Penh
Lotus Silk was founded by Vannary San back in 2003 with the purpose of promoting local silk production, but Lotus Silk also works to create employment under fair conditions in the different rural communities that the social business is collaborating with. Furthermore, Lotus Silk employs a group of young, female tailors at salaries significantly higher than what is offered in the garment factories, and these are the women who make the beach kimonos for me. Lotus Silk also employs a pattern maker and together, we are working on new designs that will look as great as they feel.