Kravan House was the first social enterprise in Cambodia specialising in handicrafts to be founded by a local person – Mrs Thanan HOK (pictured above between staff Danny and Salat). Established in 2003 to support people with disabilities, over the last 17 years we have provided training and livelihoods to hundreds of Cambodian people and their families. The name (Blossom House) was chosen to show the hope we give to our workers.
Our retail shop is opposite FCC in Street 178 Riverside Phnom Penh – our little shop is a treasure trove of hand-loomed silk and cotton and beautifully made bags and accessories.
Celebrating the traditional and contemporary skills of Khmer artisans Kravan House has promoted Khmer culture within Cambodia and internationally.
What does Kravan mean?
Kravan is the Khmer word for a tree that produces fragrant flowers (artabotrys odoratissimus). It is also the name given to small 10th-century temple Temple Prasat Kravan (Khmer: ប្រាសាទក្រវាន់) at the Angkor complex near Siem Reap. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu in 921 according to an inscription on doorjambs.