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Silk weavers, Santuk, Cambodia

Santuk Silk was founded by US Vietnam vet Bud Gib who came to SE Asia in the 70s to help ex soldiers who'd lost limbs. It's a cooperative where the women all share the fruits of their labour. Well worth a visit.

Making Buddhas in Cambodia

I spent a few hours with these guys and saw the process from block of stone to life-size Buddha. It's hot and dusty work! In my excitement I bought a Buddha head which doubled the weight of my backpack.

Vietnam Electric

Look up in any town or city in Vietnam and you're likely to see this. Impossible knots of electricity and phone cables, stretching tentacles out in all directions. It must be a nightmare for the phone repair people but they do make pretty silhouettes. 

Dragon workshop, Lantau Island

In Lantau Island, HK, I stumbled upon this father and son business gearing up for Chinese New Year. They make the dragon heads (and other animals, real and not) for street festivals. It's incredibly fiddly work; a process of fixing near weightless strips of bamboo into complex structures onto which a paper-maché face is pasted.