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Being very familiar with Balinese culture, I was surprised to find, on my first visit to Cambodia in 2012, that temples and temple ceremonies looked very familiar, with flowers and much gold gilding everywhere. The Apsara figure translates as “celestial nymph” and I saw many of...

An insightful documentary "The Landmine Girls" by Emma Louise Fry, who was an International Journalism masters student at University College Falmouth at the time she made it.  In it we follow two girls who are part of a CMAC demining unit and listen to them...

Deep in the hot dim maze of the Russian Market in Phnom Penh, is Samath's glass box of a shop, an oasis of light, air conditioning and sparkling gemstones in glass cabinets. Samath Ngauv comes from a family who have been in the gemstone mining and lapidary business...

  Thierni Thoeun has the loveliest smile, which, as with all Cambodians, belies the hardships she has gone through.   Born in a refugee camp just inside the Thai border, Thierni returned to Phnomh penh with her mother and 4 sisters upon the arrival of the UNTAC.   Thierni grew...

                              I was born in Pursat province, Cambodia. I don’t have any siblings and my mother died when I was 4 years old. My father was killed when I was 8 years old by a notorious Khmer Rouge soldier. It was a terrible time for me....

It's hard to imagine what went on thirty years ago in the Kingdom of Cambodia, where people now go about their business planting rice, going to market, getting married and going to school like any other in South East Asia. Talk to anyone as young...

Historically, the rare, deep blue sapphires of Pailin in Cambodia were once the most highly regarded by gem traders throughout the world. The original source of the legendary Pailin sapphires is known to be the The Phnum Yat volcano in the south west corner of...

As a child soldier Aki Ra was forced to lay thousands of mines. He was born Eoun Yeak, but one of his supervisors at UNMAS where he started work as a deminer, once compared his efficiency to AKIRA, a heavy-duty appliance company in Japan. The...

In 2008 a Norwegian film maker, Morten Traavik, organised a beauty pageant in Angola that featured women who had lost limbs because of landmines. Although the idea seems a bit shocking, it was a concept developed to challenge the conventional concepts of beauty, and the general...

Emi & Eve have been working with a home working seamstress, Thearith Soun, for some time. Thearith is a skilled tailor. She is also not only a war survivor but also a HIV survivor. She heads a small group of seamstresses with HIV in her community....

This post first appeared in The Guardian's  Sustainable Business hub on 12 February 2015. Design innovation and social problem-solving are coming together in the fashion world, from fair trade pants to recycled bombshells. Over the past few years we have seen a growing desire for more transparency...

What is it about shoes that we love so much? Maybe it's because shoes are a great outlet for self expression.. But what can you do with the pairs that just can't be mended anymore? Every year we each send an average of three pairs of...

  The grand entrance of the CMAC headquarters in Phnom Penh is flanked by decommissioned bombs. It delivers the visitor (or the officer) into a cream walled,  empty high ceilinged lobby featuring an enormous poster depicting a green countryside scene of demining activities.  On my introductory visit,...

  I’m a mum of two, originally from Scotland, but now live in Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong.   I am a bit of a “Jack of all trades but master at none” with a background in Public & Press Relations, as well as event management. Though between living...

On October 15th, Cassandra appeared on RTHK's Radio 3 Morning Brew programme, hosted by Phil Whelan. Morning Brew is a chat and music show where guests include regular contributors and drop-ins, who span topics from earnest current affairs to entertainment to what's on in Hong Kong. While...

We are fortunate to have Raven as the face of our fashion campaigns. Here she explains why she chose to be our brand ambassador. I had the good fortune of being introduced to Cassandra through a mutual friend in Hong Kong. As soon as I heard...

[caption id="attachment_1581" align="aligncenter" width="589"] Photo by Jasmine Smith of DressMeBlog.me[/caption] The Peace Bracelet is the first ever Emi & Eve product that we made and it has become the most popular. Back in December 2012 founder Cassandra Postema made the leap to take some designs to an...