We took the shuttle bus a good twenty minutes out of town. It was just us and a German woman named Christine. She was here doing a research project but, now that it had finished, she was staying an extra week on her own to see the sights. The shuttle and tour were all free. Even at the inevitable gift shop there was no hard sell. It's just not the Cambodian way.
A young man met us off the bus and gave us a guided tour of the facilities (many of the rooms were 'tourist' rooms - especially anything with the caterpillars who are very susceptible to too many visitors). I'll post our photos with captions so I don't bore anyone not as excited as I am by this amazingness!
All in all, it was an excellent morning. Seeing the whole lifecycle up close as well as seeing the process from thread to garment was so interesting. The women and men work so hard at silk making as well as the other arts and crafts featured in the larger Artisan shop. You can really tell how much pride they take in their work and how they loved the 'oohs and ahhs' they were getting as we went about our tour.