Bric-a-brac_Battambang_hand-made-candles

Fortuitously stumbling across handmade candles in Battambang

One of my favourite things to do when I was young was to make handmade candles. It was a joyful experience, melting the wax, dipping the thread into the wax and watching it dry. Peeling the dried wax of my hands. Hours and hours of fun.

It was a delight to find handmade candles here in Battambang. But they are not dipped like I use to do. They melt a white wax they purchase from China, mix in a yellow or a red dye. Ladle the hot wax into a water bucket, then pour it into metal holes strung with candle wicks. Then they run cold water around the metal so the wax will set quicker. When dried, the candles are simply pulled out of the holes, pulling up a new length of wick, all  ready for some new hot wax. An ingenious machine, hours of travail for all.

I asked three people how many candles they make a day, and I heard the same reply three times, I don’t know, many.

The candles are used in temples and for offerings. But the handmade candles I loved were the natural beeswax they get here in Cambodia. These small little candles are used at weddings, and surprisingly expensive. I will order a bunch soon.

Bric-a-brac_Battambang_hand-made-candles

 

 

I asked three people how many candles they make a day, and I heard the same reply three times, I don’t know, many.

The candles are used in temples and for offerings. But the handmade candles I loved were the natural bees wax they get here in Cambodia. These small little candles are used at weddings. I will order a bunch soon.

 

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