When he discovered the beauty of the Angkor Vat temples Eric felt this was the one place on earth he wanted to live, as he felt in harmony with the surroundings and decided to open his own Maison de Couture in Sien Reap at the entrance to the temples.
He started to teach and give work to many Cambodian women, teaching them to work with silk from tissage to knitting and pleating, working in harmony, like a family, to create fabulous textiles for magical dresses.
Sometimes one dress takes ten people a month of work but this wonderful dress bears not only beauty but also all the energy, patience and love that people enjoy putting into it.
Wearing a silk dress is wonderful not just because of its texture but from Eric’s precious knowledge in loving the material, playing with it and constructing it in unique ways which makes all the difference in the world. You can touch, feel, and smell the silk, but silk can also give more. Natural silk is also a moisturiser for the skin according to fabrics science expert Vennie Chou.
Eric’s Paris store at 30 rue Dauphine, welcomes visitors and collectors from all over the world to see his magical silk designs.
Eric Raisina and The New Silk Road
Giving Texture To Silk Creating Collectible High Fashion Art
After finishing his studies in France in 1999, Eric Raisina, Malagasy Couturier specialised in textiles and became a silk consultant for the National Silk Center in Siem Reap, Cambodia. His work there impressed Yves St Laurent and Christian Lacroix who asked him to work with them.
Playing with textures, building his own dreams and making beautiful high textile organic dresses, Eric is bringing an authentic savoir-faire to the world of fashion. If you love textures, organza, silk frocks, raffia, he is an original - an expert from weaving to pleated, sophisticated crochet to silk-based fiber constructions.