Cambodian Traditional Dress and Wedding Dress


In the long history of development, Cambodian costumes have gradually formed their unique cultural characteristics. Cambodia is located in the tropics with a hot climate and high temperatures all year round. People are thinner in dress. Sarongs, skirts, phoenix skirts and tights are important elements of Cambodian clothing. Krama is the favorite clothing of Cambodians and has a variety of uses. The color of useful clothing in Cambodia represents the ancient customs of the week.

What are traditional dress in Cambodia? What clothing people will wear in wedding? 80% of Cambodians are Khmer. There are two kinds of traditional costumes, one called "Sarong" and the other called "Sampot".


Traditional dress in Cambodia


Sarong is the costume of men and girls. The sarong is stitched on both sides of a cloth with a variety of beautiful patterns printed on it. It is surrounded by a waist and shaped like a skirt.



Sampot is a long strip of cloth, without stitching. Wind it from the waist down to the calf, then pass it under the armpit, tightly tied it to the waist at the back. Let the remaining part stick out. In Cambodia, ordinary people use long cloths, rich people use brocades. Regardless of their status, all adult men and women wear a Sampot. Usually, Cambodians do not wear a cap and shoes, except for kings and nobles.


Cambodian dress for male

Because Cambodia is located in the tropics, so Cambodians dress very thin. Cambodian dress for male is that men wear straight-collar and multi-button tops. When the weather is hot, they don’t wear tops and only wear “Sarong” or “Sampot”.

Cambodian female dress

Cambodian female dress is mostly silk-necked short-sleeved shirts, and the bottoms are also worn with "sarongs" or "Sampot". Usually they are wrapped around a long cloth with a beautiful pattern.

In addition to these two traditional costumes, Cambodia also has two famous cloths, Kroma and textiles.



Almost every person in Cambodia has a piece of floral plaid fabric. This kind of floral plaid fabric is called Krama in Cambodian. Kroma is an essential item in the daily life of Cambodians.

In Cambodia, both men, women and children carry a piece of Krama with them. Some wrap it around the top of the head, some around it around the neck, some put it on the shoulders, and some tie it to the waist. Krama is woven from cotton or silk and is like a small bed sheet. The Krama is generally woven into a checkered pattern by several different color lines. Some leave a line head braided into a spike shape, and some directly receive the line edge. In addition, Krama is also called water cloth. The use of krama is very wide: sheltering the sun, sheltering from the wind, making bags and so on.



Speaking of Cambodian silk, that is, textiles. It is said that the method of textile is very special. There are three important silk textiles in Cambodia. They include ikat silk (Khmer chong kiet), twill silk and weft ikat textiles. The pattern is produced by bundling natural fibers and synthetic fibers on the weft yarn and then dyeing them. Traditionally, this cloth uses five colors: red, yellow, green, blue and black, which are the most commonly used.


Cambodian wedding dress

The material used in the traditional wedding ceremony is silk. Bridal clothing is in a traditional pattern style and in a traditional approach style. The bride's skirt is a tube skirt, but there is a fold in front, a bit similar to the skirt that was popular around with a piece of cloth. The top of wedding cloth of bride is a tube top with a ribbon. Men wear trousers in the Sampot - a piece of cloth through the entangled pants.

According to the custom, before the woman gets married, she usually does not go out and prepares for marriage at home. Before the marriage, the man has to stay at the woman's house for a period of time, which is more common in half a year to one year. During this time, they must help the labor, accept the test of the future parents, and then get married with the woman. Weddings are usually held for two or three days, and the general gift for wedding banquets is $10 to $20. The bride and groom have to change a lot of clothes for a wedding. Most of the styles are normal, but there are many colors. There are also many young people wearing Western-style wedding cloth.

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