The krama of Cambodia : a trendy fashion scarf
Krama Krama brand collections
Each scarf collections by the french brand Krama Krama is hand made by our partner Krama YuYu, Siem Reap in Cambodia and we are proud of the bond we share. The work done by the weavers who are trained by the NGO and are paid fairly for sure fill your expectations. So you can proudly wear your Cambodian scarf for a fashion, trendy and ethic style. The krama, the new must-have !
The new kramas in the eshop
About Krama, the cambodian scarf
The precise origins of Krama are confused, it is hard to tell how this cambodian scarf became a real symbol over generations, a major part of the Khmer identity. Cambodians use it in everyday life, this scarf is an opportunity to differentiate people (Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai, …). The Krama is iconic and has become in dress codes for children, men and women. This cotton fabric is present in all environments (urban, rural). For residents, the Krama has a large value, it accompanies the Cambodians in their daily tasks.
The Krama is a symbol of Cambodia, this is a legacy. Brand Krama Krama is engaged in continuing this legacy of generations all over the world. Each piece of Krama Krama scarves collections is hand made by Krama YuYu, Cambodian NGO located in Siem Reap. We are proud of this collaboration.
You can read the story of krama in Cambodia
Scarves of the Kingdom of Cambodia: more than a purchase or a social/ethnic 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. Nonetheless, if you get the chance to travel to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Khmers, try to visit the workshops such as Krama Yu at Siem Reap, with whom we are partnered. They are usually located in small villages on the outskirts of mostly important and touristic cities.
Why visit these workshops and not just buy your krama in the market in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh? The problem is that we don’t know the origin of the krama scarf sold in the market, most of the time they are made in a factory (which are sometimes in foreign hands, mostly Vietnamese or Chinese), and the scarf loses its authenticity. These scarves are usually cheap, the price is sometimes only $2, which is a price impossible to live on. Another reason is that the quality is usually much less than that of a krama hand-made by a weaver and 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 a scarf. That’s something you would never see in 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).
I am currently in Cambodia and I would like to visit the workshop and discover how it works, is that possible?
Yes, of course, just contact us and we will give you the workshop address and the necessary information. If we are free at the same time, we can even meet up at the workshop.
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, techniques…) which can 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.