National Art Festival to celebrate traditional Khmer leather carving

The Cambodia National Art Festival is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary from November 14-16 through the theme of leather art.

Chhim Sothy, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts’ Director of Fine Arts and Handicrafts, told The Post: “The first art festival began in 2000 and has featured different art forms each year, including silk, sculpture and handicraft.”

This year, the topic of leather carving is inspired by the Cambodian epic poem Reamker, based on the Sanskrit epic Ramayana.

The highlight is a piece of leather carving measuring 92cm by 130cm, that depicts the story of Preah Ream (an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu) shooting an arrow.

“We want to encourage talented leather artists to take part in the festival and be acknowledged for their crafting skills.

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