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Our new fabric made from Lotus Flower received the Seal of Excellence from UNESCO and the praises of luxury designers worldwide.
Our new fabric made from Lotus Flower received the Seal of Excellence from UNESCO and the praises of luxury designers worldwide.
43 backers pledged $10,770 to help bring this project to life.

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After ten years of research, we have created the most ecological fabric in the world: the lotus fabric.

Our Lotus Farm in Kamping Poy, Battambang-Cambodia
Our Lotus Farm in Kamping Poy, Battambang-Cambodia
Hand Made Extracting and Spinning Lotus fiber
Hand Made Extracting and Spinning Lotus fiber
Quality traditional hand weaving and tailoring
Quality traditional hand weaving and tailoring

By creating a full line of lotus fabric apparel, our goal is to create 12 workshops in 5 disadvantaged villages in Cambodia over the next 5 years.

Our experimental farm in Phnom Krom Siem Reap, Cambodia
Our experimental farm in Phnom Krom Siem Reap, Cambodia

My name is Awen Delaval, and I founded the eco-textile company Samatoa in 2003, in an effort to provide empowerment to vulnerable women in marginalized villages of Cambodia. To some extent, my company has succeeded in achieving that goal , but now – with your help – we can do more.

In 2009, we have set up our first Lotus Farm on the lake of Kamping Poy in Battambang where we harvest 15 hectares of Sacred Lotus Flowers.

In 2013, we set up our second Lotus Farm in Siem Reap, Phnom Krom near the temple of Angkor Wat. We decided to open the Lotus Farm to tourists and buyers to share our passion for lotus flower fabric.

We have already provided lotus farmers, spinners and weavers from Cambodia with more than 50 decent jobs. However we are able to fulfill only 10% of our clients' requests. 

Increasing our lotus farm by 10 will allow us to meet our clients' needs, train 500 artisans to manufacture lotus fabric and become industry leaders in an innovative high-potential sector. This local impact will allow Cambodians to obtain  sustainable social inclusion, they will be able to contribute to the economic and social development of their families and their community.

100% Handmade process, from extracting the fiber from the plant until making a unique yarn
100% Handmade process, from extracting the fiber from the plant until making a unique yarn

However, we are not a charity; we only run a business that aims to positively impact other people's lives. Your pledge will give you the opportunity to buy exclusive, socially conscious, products.

Exclusive Rewards for our Backers!
Exclusive Rewards for our Backers!

It is with great honor that Samatoa bridges the gap between successful and less fortunate people using fair-trade and ethical commerce. In so doing we contribute to the training, the emancipation and the access to international recognition for our artisans.

In South Asia, the sacred Lotus is omnipresent in religions. For Buddhists, it’s a symbol of every man and woman’s ability to surpass their condition.
In South Asia, the sacred Lotus is omnipresent in religions. For Buddhists, it’s a symbol of every man and woman’s ability to surpass their condition.

Samatoa offers women the opportunity to improve their condition just “like the lotus flower growing above the muddy waters”.

Samatoa is a social textile enterprise, focusing on the values of fair trade and sustainable development to create an alternative to the powerful textile industry.

Samatoa was built on the three pillars of sustainable development: economic efficiency, social equity and protection of the environment.
Samatoa was built on the three pillars of sustainable development: economic efficiency, social equity and protection of the environment.
Preserving the environment, paying people fairly, and treating each person with respect and dignity are our prerequisites for a sustainable fashion business.
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.

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.

Samatoa uses eco-friendly pigments, using ones that don’t harm the environment and are non-polluting.
Samatoa uses eco-friendly pigments, using ones that don’t harm the environment and are non-polluting.

Furthermore, Samatoa is an ecologically friendly company – one that uses only sustainable products and no heavy metals or toxic chemicals. 

Samatoa has been producing 100% natural silk, hand woven since 2003
Samatoa has been producing 100% natural silk, hand woven since 2003
In 2008, Samatoa introduced a new fabric in Cambodia, made from Banana fibers
In 2008, Samatoa introduced a new fabric in Cambodia, made from Banana fibers
Samatoa has created a new sustainable fabric made from blended Kapok and Silk in 2012
Samatoa has created a new sustainable fabric made from blended Kapok and Silk in 2012

For over ten years, Samatoa's team searched for new textile resources.

Our results from the experimentation on 10 local natural fibers: pineapple, banana, water lily, romchek, kapok, lotus, silk, papyrus, palm, coconut, water hyacinth.
Our results from the experimentation on 10 local natural fibers: pineapple, banana, water lily, romchek, kapok, lotus, silk, papyrus, palm, coconut, water hyacinth.

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 available nowhere else on the planet, which are now in demand around the world.

Our Research Studio
Our Research Studio

Currently, our clothing and accessories are sold in 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 famous designers from the United States, Europe and Australia.

Kate Moss and Carina Lau are wearing Jackets made from our lotus fabric
Kate Moss and Carina Lau are wearing Jackets made from our lotus fabric

Because of that demand, we are in urgent need of funds, which will enable us to add more women to our workforce and allow us to take advantage of this great opportunity to ensure the success of Samatoa and its social responsibility for decades to come.

Experiment after experiment followed by research conducted in remote villages enabled Samatoa to bring back to life long forgotten skills. Thousands of years ago the art of creating lotus fabric was known – but then lost. Lotus flowers have been harvested here in Cambodia for generations – but only the flower. The stems – the valuable stems- were left in the water. What a waste! We now harvest those stems, and from them, weave our lotus fabric. 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.

Starting with this uniquely soft and breathable fabric, we developed the first prototypes of our new collection. Our clothing line and fabrics are all made possible thanks to the skills of our artisans, who possess unparalleled ‘savoir-faire’, resulting in a strikingly precise and detailed creation. 

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.”

Upon receiving the Seal of Excellence, our lotus fabrics received a great deal of attention from designers all around the world, yet our clients have an average wait time of one year.

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 employments. We will ensure that these local handicrafts, made in traditional ways but using new eco-fibers, are never forgotten.

Our fibers are also incredibly friendly to the environment. The extraction, the spinning and the weaving of the lotus fiber, consume no polluting resources, such as oil, electricity or gas; and it doesn’t require any toxic chemicals.

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There are many ways you can help us to bring our project to fruition.

Please share our project with your family, friends, colleagues, on your social networks or anywhere you think it can interest someone. And if you are able to do it, make a pledge!

Thank you very much for your support.

Our team:

Charline Lecomte / Financial Plan, Kristanti Du'a Lodan / Sales Manager, Sonia Chauveau / Export, Corinne Pouplard / Communication, Tatiana Oppenheim / Marketing, Audrey Gappa / Export, Eleonore Rothley / Communication, Adrien Lecomte / Export, Gregory Marie / Marketing, Pauline De Langre /  Communication, Karelle Bolon / Fashion Design, Marion Mercy / Communication, Laura Mougel / Web Design,  Rodolphe Zimmermann / Strategie, Stéphanie Letessier / Finance, Gwendoline Palmer / Marketing,Julie Gombert / Communication, Leonel Lapcon Meyer / Marketing, Luc-Sovann Nong / Communication, Laetitia / Fashion Marketing. 

Risks and challenges

We've spent most of the last year working with our team and partners to mitigate as many risks as possible, however, we know there will still be hurdles along the way. We will always be transparent with our community about the challenges we may face, including these:

IN THE EVENT OF EPIC DEMAND
Our Kickstarter campaign would certainly not be the first to bump into this problem, so we have learned from the past success stories. We have limited the number of pledges available according to what our producers can supply.

DELAY
Because all of our products are fully handmade, there is always a risk of delay in the production. However, with the appropriate funds we will be able to recruit and train more workers to meet all of our deadlines.

SHIPMENT
We're shipping our products through the mail. There is a general risk in the reliability of shipping companies, but we will make sure we keep track of your orders and communicate openly its progress to you at all times.

AND FINALLY, A PROMISE
Samatoa is the cumulative result of years of design thinking, hand-sewn prototyping, drafting and redrafting of patterns, surveying, and thousands of conversations to improve our products and amplify our mission. More than anything, we want to see this project through and empower you with the ability to be a model for sustainable fashion. We promise to do whatever it takes to make that possible!

Here at Samatoa we believe integrity is the heart and soul of every successful company. Our integrity is defined by how we handle the risks and challenges we face. We will do everything it takes to make sure our customers are happy, not only with the products they receive, but with our service as well.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    You will receive a LOTUS SILK SCARF. Made from 50% lotus and 50% natural silk fibers. (Retail value: $300 USD).
    Size: 63 inches x 16 inches
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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    EARLY BIRD !!!!
    You will receive our signature LOTUS SILK SARONG. Made from 50% lotus and 50% natural silk fibers, this sarong received the UNESCO Award of Excellence in 2012. (Retail value: $500 USD).
    Large Size: 80 inches x 30 inches
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    At wholesale price, you will receive our signature LOTUS SILK SARONG. Made from 50% lotus and 50% natural silk fibers, this sarong received the UNESCO Award of Excellence in 2012. (Retail value: $500 USD).
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    You will receive our Limited Edition LOTUS SCARF. Made from 100% lotus fibers. (Retail value: $700 USD).
    Size: 70 x 20 inches
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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    You will received a limited edition TROUSER, made from blended LOTUS (80%) and premium natural SILK (20%) fabric. We’ll need your measurements and they are designed for a man or woman. (Retail value: $1,500 USD). Free worldwide shipping

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    Pledge $1,250 or more About $1,250

    You will receive a limited edition, custom-made, blended LOTUS (80%) and SILK (20%) JACKET made from our exclusive LOTUS fabric. We’ll need your measurements and the jacket is designed for a man or woman. (Retail value: $2,500 USD).
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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    You will receive a 100% LOTUS fabric JACKET. A Very Limited Edition, this custom-made jacket can be made for a man or woman. (Retail value: $5,000 USD).
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    For your generous pledge, we will prepare for you an exclusive tour to visit Angkor Wat and around.
    4 days/3 nights in luxury hotel
    Private Car and Guide included + activities (boat trip on the Tonle Sap, Helicopter Tour around Angkor Wat, Traditional show). All the team of Samatoa will welcome you to share our knowledge, then you will learn about our lotus farm and about spinning, weaving and natural dying process.
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    www.wamtour.com/fr/article/31/samatoa-merveilles-angkor.html

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