|There are about 4,000 woman currently earning their living as
wicker workers in Kratie. They use a eco-friendly raw material which literally does
grow on trees. The dryanda tree provides the raw material for goods such as
mats and walls for houses in the rural areas. Since early 2002 the Cambodian Craft
Cooperation (CCC) have been running two centres, approximately 25km south of Kratie in
riverside villages; Chheu Tiel Ploch, a Cham (Muslim) village and Chheu Tiel Ploch Leu a
Khmer village to investigate the possibilities inherent in introducing new product ranges.