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The hand-woven scarves (branded as “Mekong Blue Silk”) are sold worldwide at high-end boutiques and international artisan fairs, and they have been recognized by UNESCO for quality and beauty. And they offer a livelihood to women who’ve never been to school and might otherwise turn to drudgery in garment factories—or worse forms of work. “I love this work,” says Nguon. “I love to see women change their lives that way.”

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Written by James Metcalfe

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