|Photo courtesy of Raffles Hotels & Resorts|
The Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor recently unveiled a Christmas tree in their lobby, made of red and white silk lotus blossoms, that was designed by Eric Raisina. The designer lives in Siem Reap, Cambodia and his textiles are a favorite of Loulou de la Falaise, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Lacroix. The hotel’s Christmas tree was inspired by the Lotus flower and Raisina used multi-colored Cambodian silk to create it. His piece was marked by a tree lighting ceremony, which began the festivities at the hotel that will end with the New Year’s Eve Gala, where guests can experience fireworks and a 1,000 lighted candles. Raisina designed the Christmas tree for the first time last year and that design was made up entirely of hand-woven fishing implements.
Raisina is originally from Madgascar and his collections are featured in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. He also uses natural materials such as silk, raffia, sisal, linen and cotton in his designs.
The Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor contains 119 guest rooms, including a variety of suites, and is close to the Angkor Temple ruins.