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Origins and meanings of Cambodian traditional patterns

Origins and meanings of Cambodian traditional patterns

During your trip to Cambodia, you were bound to notice beautiful and enigmatic motifs on the fabric you touched while visiting traditional markets and stores. But do you know what they mean? They are anything but uninspired. Quick overview by Artisans Angkor.


Traditional weaving in Cambodia

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Silk farm (2)Silk weaving is a very ancient craft in Cambodia; it requires lots of time and meticulousness, and can be done according to several specific techniques. Artisans Angkor chose to keep Khmer customs alive and to offer textile pieces 100% handmade in Cambodian workshops, thanks to traditional looms. For more information about the silk production process, from silkworm farming to finished products, feel free to visit our Silk Farm, located in the beautiful Cambodian countryside (only 20min drive from Siem Reap city center).

 

Lboeuk

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Lboeuk (or “diamond shape”) is one of the most famous traditional Khmer patterns, particularly refined and sophisticated. It is often seen on people scarves and garments during official and religious ceremonies, weddings and so on… It is incredibly representative of traditions and cultural heritage of Cambodia.

Our selection -  Hôl Lboeuk traditional silk scarf, 100% handwoven.

Diamond

 

Chorebap

Chorebap

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This pattern was created to represent Jasmine flowers, which are generally considered as a symbol for good luck. Chorebap is also a highly spiritual and traditional symbol for many Cambodian people, as people devoted to Buddha use jasmine flowers as an offering to him. It was also an exclusive royal tribute in ancient Cambodia.

 

Our selection – Chorebap silk table runner, 100% handwoven.

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Kbal Spean River (Linga)

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Linga is initially the phallic symbol of the Hindu God Shiva and can be seen in several Angkor temples: either carved on the walls and floor, or standing in the room, as a majestic statue. More particularly, many of these symbols are carved on the bridge of the Kbal Spean River – situated in the Phnom Kulen national Park, a few kilometers away from Siem Reap – commonly called “the river of thousand Lingas”.

 

Our selection – River silk scarf, 100% handwoven.

 River Scarf

 

Romduol

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Well-known because of its sweet perfume that remains all day long, Romduol is a typical Cambodian flower. It recently became the official symbol of hygiene and environmental preservation in Cambodia, according to the government’s decision.

Our selection – Romduol raw silk scarf, 100% handwoven.

 Romduol

 

Ahlunh

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The Ahlunh is often seen on older women’s dresses during religious and folk ceremonies.

 

 

 

Our selection – Ikat silk cushion cover, 100% handwoven.

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See you soon for another Khmer culture-related article !

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