Now, you may be asking yourself, why would you need your own WhatIF Foods’ spoon?
- Maybe because it can measure just the right amount of BamNut Ube Shake to make a perfect smoothie and you will not have to scratch your head about how to measure 10g of powder every time you wish to treat yourself to a delicious, healthy, and boosting beverage?
- Maybe because this spoon would be a beautiful addition to your cutlery collection?
- Or maybe because you want to support artisans with centuries-long know-how?
Yes, indeed - our spoons are handmade by artisans from Cambodia.
The Fair Trade Village
We have partnered with The Fair Trade Village Cambodia to offer you the best quality, authentic, and ethical products.
The Fair Trade Village (FTV) is a handicraft center dedicated to authentic Cambodian arts, crafts and traditional techniques dating back more than seven centuries to the ancient city of Angkor. While it is estimated that 80% of the souvenirs sold at Siem Reap market stalls are imported and mass-produced, FTV provides a link between Cambodian artisans and customers to support the centuries-long culture of genuine handmade Cambodian arts and crafts.
Supporting the Fair Trade Village and visit their website: https://www.thefairtradevillage.com/
Sugar Palm Tree
For centuries sugar palms were cultivated in most Southeast Asian countries, as well as Bangladesh and India. In most countries the number of sugar palms has significantly decreased during the past several decades. At present Cambodia is one of the few remaining countries were sugar palms are still common and an integral part of the rural economy, to the point that sugar palm became Cambodia’s national tree.
Sugar palm tree is called “Daemo Tnaot” in Khmer.
All parts of the sugar palm wood can be used: the wood, leaves, fruits (very delicious and healthy) and the juice from its young branches (juice, palm sugar and “sugar palm wine” production). For centuries sugar palm wood was an important construction material for traditional Cambodian farmhouses and furniture. The sugar palm wood is characterized by a beautiful texture. Depending on the age of the palm tree the wood can have a darker or a brighter colour. Only the outside part (depending on stem size between 20 and 40 cm) of the sugar palm stem can be used for wood caring. The inner part is too soft. At present sugar palm wood is used to produce dinnerware, jeweler cases, various items for interior decoration, as well as furniture.
Sugar Palm Wood Spoon
At present Naga Handmade is working with two small Cambodian enterprises. Both are located in rural areas with limited job opportunities. Both sugar palm wood enterprises employ around 50 workers. They are the ones who made our WhatIF Foods spoons.
Sugar Palm Leaf Braided Box
Our spoon does not come by itself. If you purchase it, you will receive it in a nicely braided palm leaf box made by leaf weavers from Angkor Thom District, ca. 30 km north of Siem Reap city. The production of sugar palm leaf products is a typical cottage industry, important for rural households to generate additional income.
Same as the spoons, the boxes are entirely handmade, and it is not an easy feat! There are 6 steps to make a sugar palm leaf braided box:
- Cutting entire leaves
- Cutting leaf segments into stripes
- Drying and flattening leaf stripes
- Coloring leaf stripes
- Edge cutting and edge sewing
Who would have known that so much passion and know-how was going on during the making-of a spoon? Now, that is a story to tell.