Cambodia isn’t well-known for hustle and bustle shopping malls like nearby countries in Southeast Asia. Nevertheless, this country is a wonderland of handmade products thanks to the extraordinary workmanship of the local. For those planning to head Cambodia, our below top-listed recommendations will guide you to choose the most worthwhile things to buy among thousands of items.
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The Cambodian still upholds the deep-rooted tradition of silk weaving along the history of centuries. The Cambodian weavers use traditional methods in which the silk thread patterns were dyed before woven. Silk products featuring typical Cambodian fashion range from scarf, clothes, dress and purse. This type of fabric is super silky, flimsy and easy to pack into suitcase.
If you are deliberating which sort of silk to select, have a look at Pidan silk, an ordinary ikat silk used in Cambodian weddings and Buddhist festivals. The only place selling Pidan silk with traditional ikat method and natural dyes is Pidan Khmer, located in Khan Chamkarmon district, Phnom Penh. Pidan products are made by the local under a social project working for the welfare of young vulnerable children and women.
A Master Piece Pidan Silk
Widely used in religious etiquette since 11th century, an increasingly great number of silver shops have increased in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap today. Despite the alloy of 70 – 80% pure silver, this product is still a good choice to bring home a Cambodian spirit.
Cambodian silver jewelry is extremely diverse and exquisitely handmade by skilled local artisans. Silverware is uniquely designed in Khmer patterns, a representative of the truly stunning Cambodian culture.
Varying from large plates, ornaments and carved decorative statues, silver items are intricately designed in various shapes and sizes. Strikingly, tourists are mostly impressed by betel nut boxes, an eye-catching ornate decoration. Crafted into different animal shapes, the box is used as the storage of betel nuts, opium, balms, medicines or small jewels.
Cambodia Silver Deer Betel Nut Box
Cambodia is a paradise of splendid reproductions and duplicates of sculptured works at affordable prices. Thanks to naturally inherent skills of craftsmen, reproductions bear a resemblance to the authentic ones that might fool some experts’ eyes. Conveying Khmer spirit into artworks and reminding of hidden charm of Cambodia, the mini versions imitate familiar Cambodian symbols like the glorious Angkor Wat, the pristine countryside, Buddha’s heads and Apsaras.
A sculptor with his work in Cambodia
Once visit Cambodia, you can’t leave the land of giant pepper productions without a pinch of Kampot Pepper in your luggage. This is considered to be the world’s best pepper used by top chefs across the globe. Not only does Kampot Pepper enhance flavor but also improves health conditions of digestion, weight loss, bioavailability and metabolism. This kind of pepper is organically grown in the harmonious climate and quartz-rich soil in Kampot province.
Cambodia Kampot Red Pepper
Krama, which means ‘scarf’ in Khmer language, is the best memento imaging Cambodian traditions and customs. Krama is originally in red and white but today it is redesigned in various catchy colors and patterns. Krama, an amulet of fortune and peace to local residents, is highly popular among wanderers and adventurers. You can’t imagine the multipurpose scarves of wrapping head, waist, neck, belt; carrying baby, keeping warm for throat; wiping sweat and pretty much anything else.
Colorful traditional Cambodian Krama Scarf
Any markets and shops throughout Cambodia: Krama varies in qualities and prices with the cheapest about $1 US in the markets.
Cambodia is expert at producing homemade products such as organic soaps, bath salts, body creams, lip balms, massage oils, perfumes, candles, incenses. Instead of using chemical substances, they have been mastered the art of cultivating local plants and minerals into green ingredients. Uniquely, green lifestyle people will addict to the gifts wrapped up in reusable fabric bags.
"Kru Khmer Botanical" Cambodia DIY natural hand cream
In comparison with other normal substitutes, these DIY natural items are uniquely attractive and affordable. Moreover, the scents of Angkor will give your beloved friends and relatives a little relaxation and indulgence in the air of Cambodia sense when they haven’t been there.
Here are several small tips and guidelines to equip for a wondrous trip. We hope that our recommendations will help you avoid undesirable scams and pick the most valuable products.
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