Krama : the scarf from Cambodia
Cotton and silk scarves made in our weavers’ workshop in Cambodia.
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Each scarf from the Krama Krama collections is hand made by our partner Krama Yu in Siem Reap – Cambodia, and we are proud of the particular bond we share with them. The work done by the NGO trained weavers in exchange for a fair pay will undoubtedly fulfill your expectations so you can proudly wear your Cambodian scarf for a trendy look and an ethical style. The krama is the new must-have!
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About the Cambodian scarf: the Krama
The precise origins of the Krama are uncertain; it is hard to tell how this Cambodian scarf became a real symbol over generations and a major part of the Khmer identity. Cambodians use it in everyday life and the scarf also acts as a tool to differentiate people (Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai …). The Krama is iconic and is worn by children, men and women alike. The mighty cotton cloth is present at all levels of society (urban, rural). The value of a Krama is inherently important to those of Cambodian culture and it accompanies them in their daily tasks.
The Krama is a symbol of Cambodia but also its legacy and Krama Krama, as a brand, is engaged in continuing this legacy for generations all over the world. Each piece from the Krama Krama collections is hand made by Krama Yu, a Cambodian NGO located in Siem Reap. We are proud of this collaboration.
You can read Read the krama’s history in Cambodia
The scarf from the Kingdom of Cambodia: more than just a purchase or a social and ethic souvenir.
When asked if there is an object or a typical souvenir that should be brought back from Cambodia, the answer is unanimous: you should bring back a krama, the traditional cotton (or silk) scarf of Cambodia that we love so much. Furthermore, if you get the chance to travel to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Khmers, try to visit small workshops such as Krama Yu in Siem Reap, with whom we are partnered. They are usually located in small villages on the outskirts of more or less important and touristic cities.
Why visit these workshops and not just buy your krama at the market in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh? The problem is that we don’t know the origins of the krama scarves that are sold at those markets, most of the time they are made in a factory (which are sometimes foreign owned, mostly by Vietnamese or Chinese businesses), the scarf then loses its authenticity. These scarves are usually cheap; with prices as low as $2, a wretched amount for a worker to live on. The quality of such cheap products is usually inferior to that of a hand-made krama from a weaver on their traditional wooden loom.
Keep in mind that buying a krama directly at a workshop gives you the chance to discover the different steps in making the cloth. That’s something you would defenitly not see at the market!
“My order has arrived, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, and in addition, there are a lot of goodies inside! This is perfect! Continue to make discover Cambodia and persevere in your actions that I find amazing.”
“I received my second Cambodian scarf and I adopted it! Congratulations for the quality of your parcels with goodies! I love you!”
“A big thank you for the quality of your service with Krama Krama ! I received my new Krama scarf and I am very satisfied !”
Questions/answers about our scarves
Are your Cambodian scarves really made in Cambodia?
Yes, each scarf is handmade in a workshop owned by the NGO Krama Yu in Siem Reap, in the north of Cambodia.
How do you help the weavers?
Our partnership with the workshop allows young women in Cambodia to receive professional training in weaving and a higher wage to meet their families’ needs (30% of the workshop’s weavers have at least one child and often many generations of their family live together).
Could you tell me more about the cotton and silk scarves?
We have published two pages about the production of the cotton and silk scarves (the fibers, origins, technics…) which will teach you about the weaving of these two types of scarves.
Discover more questions and answers on our F.A.Q. page and don’t hesitate to contact us if needed.