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What do you know about Sampot – the traditional clothes of women in Cambodia?

Each country around the world has a specific style of clothing associated with the formation and development of the country. The home of ancient temples – Cambodia is no exception with its traditional costume – Sampot. Travel to Cambodia with: Indochina tours Cambodia

Sampot appeared in the Funan reign when a Cambodian king ordered all people to wear Sampot as requested by the Chinese ambassador. From this dynasty, silk weaving is an indispensable part of Cambodia’s longstanding culture. Sophisticated textile methods and diversified patterns are developed. Especially, Cambodians from this day have possessed their own non-patterned cross-dressing techniques, and there is currently no clear explanation for the application of this technique. The silk Sampot is used as an inheritance in every family, wedding, funerals, as well as for decoration in temples.

Sampot in Women of Cambodia

Sampot in Women of Cambodia- source: internet

Sampot is made from a traditional cloth of Cambodia and quite similar to the traditional costumes of neighboring countries like Laos and Thailand, but each outfit has its own unique features. Traditional sampot has a long, rectangular piece of cloth, which is wrapped around the waist covering the abdomen, legs and is tied at the front of the abdomen. In upper body, traditionally, Cambodians will use Chang Pong – a cloth of any color to cross across one shoulder and cover the woman’s chest, just to open a little belly to raise the charm of Asian women in general and Cambodian women in particular. See more: Cambodia travel and tours

In Cambodia, sampot is divided into different categories with a few specific characteristics. Chang Kben Sampot is different from the usual Sampot which has a rectangular trouser about 2.7 meters long and about 1 meter wide. This type of sampot is usually wrapped around the waist, loosely attached and tied into a small button in front of the abdomen by a metal belt.  Most of Cambodian women wear Chang Kben Sampot on special festivals or occasions.

Chang Kben Sampot

Chang Kben Sampot- source: internet

Phamuong Sampot is a very popular weaved fabric in Cambodia. At present, there are 52 different colors used for Sampot Phamuong. The luxurious Sampot Phamuong models use up to 22 different needle stitches accompanied with countless paintings. The best quality silk used by the Cambodians is the famous golden silk.

Hol Sampot is another famous fabric in Cambodia with two basic types. This Sampot style is influenced by the Indian patola fabrics, and it has undergone a period of development of patterns and weaving skills, which makes up today’s subtle Hol fabrics. This type of sampot consists of 200 patterns with yellow, red, brown, blue and green colors inspired from flowers and animals.

In addition to the three popular types of sampot, there are other less popular sampot types with their own distinctive features: Tep Apsara Sampot, Samloy Sampot, Chorabap Sampot,  Seai Sua Sampot, Lberk Sampot , Alorgn Sampot.

Tep Apsara Sampot

Tep Apsara Sampot- source: internet

Sampot was ingrained in the Cambodian subconscious. Even the French have brought Western costumes to Cambodia, people continue to wear Sampot. Royal family and government officials take on Chang Kben Sampot along with a formal coat. Today’s Cambodian people also wear the Chan Kben Sampot and Pamung Sampot. On special occasions, the poor Khmer people living in rural areas always choose for themselves a Sampot styles instead of Western costumes. Fabrics used by the poor are not hand-woven, and fabrics that have batik patterns are imported from Indonesia. In any case, for all people living in Cambodia, sampot is always considered a beautiful national dress.

It is great that you have a chance to visit and try taking on the traditional clothes of the temple’s country as well as learn more about the culture and tradition here.

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