Ethically purchased wonders available at Filberg

It is well known the Filberg Heritage Lodge supports amazing art and culture in the Comox Valley.

HAND-LOOMED SILK accessories and 'other ethically purchased wonders' will be available this Saturday at the Filberg Lodge.

HAND-LOOMED SILK accessories and 'other ethically purchased wonders' will be available this Saturday at the Filberg Lodge.

It is well known the Filberg Heritage Lodge supports amazing art and culture in the Comox Valley.

But did you know that their support for fair trade has been making a difference to artisans in Cambodia?

This April, Cambodia’s finest artists went to New York City for a month-long Season of Cambodia.

San Vannary designed all the dancers’ silk costumes for a performance called A Bend in the River. Vannary has been able to rise to the top of her field by selling her exquisite silk accessories through select outlets like the Filberg Gift Shop.

Floating Stone Silks, created by the Comox Valley’s Lynda Drury, travels the silk roads to bring back hand-loomed silk accessories and other ethically purchased wonders.

This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit the Filberg Gift Shop to see her full line of fair trade silks and recycled fabric bags and purses. Ask about her Silk Tour in Cambodia and Laos in February 2014, where you will meet Vannary and other amazing creative people.

The tour offers a tapestry of vivid experiences.

Chat with artisans weaving on their looms, under stilted houses. Venture into colourful markets and tiny river villages. Listen to the rice grow. Experiment with natural dyes.

Ride an elephant through lush forest. Sip local herbal drinks while learning to prepare exotic coconut curries. Experience the stony silence of carved Apsara dancers in ancient temples. This is a land of antiquity, tradition and exceptional beauty.

Learn more about this silk tour and support the work of the volunteers who lovingly tend to all matters Filberg. The Filberg gift shop will have their one-of-a-kind delights and other gems as well as Lynda’s silks and recycled fabric treasures for sale to help raise funds for the property.

— Filberg Heritage Lodge