Written By vibykhmer on Sunday, October 12, 2008 | 7:20 AM
Kind of Cambodian silk
Cambodia is world renowned for its exquisite Silks, much of which is still traditionally hand-woven and dyed using natural colors from plants and minerals. These exquisite cloths pictured below are often worn during weddings, Traditional Celebrations and the more elaborate variety, during Classical Khmer Dance Performances.
Pictured above, are absolutely gorgeous Cambodian Silk Kabens or Sampots, pronounced ‘SUM-POT!’ by Cambodians, these cloths are a common sight throughout modern Cambodia and historically, in Cambodian Culture.
The traditional Kaben or Sampot fabric (silk and/or cotton combination) are tremendously comfortable and, extremely flexible; they can be worn as stylish traditional dress or casually worn for more practical use (e.g. work, home & beach). The Kaben or Sampot refer to the size of the cloth, Kaben's are generally 2x as large as a Sampot.
The most important silk textiles of Cambodia are the ikat silks (hol), twill-patterned, weft ikat textiles. The pattern is made by tying vegetable or synthetic fibers on sections of the weft threads before the threads are dyed. This process is repeated for different colored dye baths until the patterns are formed and the cloth is woven. The two types of hol textiles have five traditional colors: red, yellow, green, blue, and black. The sampot hol is the lower garment mentioned earlier, made from hol cloth (hol cloth can also be used for sampot chang kben). The pidan hol is a ceremonial hanging reserved for religious or sacred purposes.