What is the Seal of Authenticity
The AHA Official Seal of Authenticity is a government registered label the helps visitors distinguish products made in Cambodia – Siem Reap from imported items and ensure they are supporting local producers. The Seal was created in partnership with the Department of Commerce and GIZ.
It is attached to products that qualify with the standards as defined by the Angkor Handicraft Association. The Seal is available to Siem Reap based handicraft producers and retailers who work with products created within the Siem Reap province. It currently serves as the only way to identify products made in Cambodia.
Why should you look for the Seal when buying products made in Cambodia?
Handicrafts are a valued aspect of Cambodia’s cultural heritage. The skills and techniques of creating handicrafts have been passed down through generations within Cambodian society. However, as the demand is high, so is the supply and local producers are forced to compete with imported products from China, Thailand and Vietnam.
The purchase of products that bear the Seal of Authenticity supports the social and economic development of local artisans and their families.
The Seal proves the origin of handicraft souvenirs made in Siem Reap Province, it guarantees the products are made in Cambodia. It is the only certificate of that kind in the Kingdom. Precautions have been taken to avoid counterfeiting and misuse. The following are the features of the Seal of Authenticity.
- Sticker, printed in golden and white
- Dye-cut to prevent misuse. If the sticker is removed, it will be destroyed.
- Logo of the Angkor Handicraft Association (AHA). The Seal of Authenticity is owned and managed by AHA Both the AHA logo and the Seal are registered trademarks.
- One to six stars indicate the sizes of stickers and are for use by the Angkor Handicraft Association
Products that bear the Seal of Authenticity can be found in shops and markets in Siem Reap city, and villages in the province. Look out for the banner or poster in shops. Otherwise, you can visit the AHA Fair Trade Village in Siem Reap, which sells a range of authentic handmade crafts from Siem Reap provience, all of which qualify for the Seal of Authenticity.
The Seal of Authenticity is attached to products that qualify with the standards defined by the Angkor Handicraft Association. The Seal is available to Siem Reap based handicraft producers who create their products within the Siem Reap province with at least 50% of the raw materials also being sourced from within the Siem Reap province.
Registering for the Seal
Many well known producers have already committed their support the Seal. You too can join and help to strengthen the handicraft sector in Siem Reap. For more information, please download the terms and conditions of certification on the right side of the page or contact us:
Application form and Annexes
Tel: (+855) 78 34 14 04 (Khmer) / (+855) 78 34 14 54 (English)