Mat weaving is a widespread occupation in Cambodia. The best known mats are made of sedge, a variety of river reeds, left in their natural blonde color or dyed in rich jewel tones. The Mekong flood plains are known for their mat-weavers particularly in Kandal Province. This cottage industry employs more than 10,000 weavers throughout Cambodia. In Kandal, more than 1000 farmers and 4000 women weavers are producing about 150,000 mats each year for local use but more and more are now being exported as the quality matches those of Japanese or Korean tatamis.
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