As good old William Shakespeare said “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, right?
When we were deciding on our name, we wanted something that would represent what we are all about:
- Design and Quality – Handmade designs with a quality finish. Cost and time are not an issue for us, the quality is the utmost importance in our end product.
- Empowerment – the empowerment of women in particular. The ladies who wear our designs are strong and confident women, yet feminine and classy. The women who make them are the same!
- Ethical Fashion – Knowing Who, Where and How our products come from and are made is part of who we are. We don’t want to participate in mass manufacturing, where the conditions for workers in developing countries is usually appalling, not to mention the pay.
- Showing the world Cambodia – the country, the culture, the skill set and the Khmer people.
So what name did we feel matched up with all these factors? Banteay Srey (pronounced “Bant-eye Sray”).
Banteay Srey, is a lessor known temple located in the Angkor area of Cambodia which lies 25km north east of the main group of temples. The temple is was built in the 10th century and is the only temple built that is dedicated to a god, and not a king – the Hindu god Shiva. Shiva, which in English means “The Auspicious One”, is also known as the great god and is regarded as limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless.
The name ‘Banteay Srey’ means ‘Cidatel or Fortress of Women’. Banteay Srey is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings, mainly featuring the beautiful Apsara – Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings, they are youthful and elegant.
The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. Banteay Srey is widely praised as a ‘precious gem’ or ‘jewel of Khmer art’….. and we thought that fitted us perfectly, we hope you do too!
Carol & Kim X