Phnom Penh (FN), August 19 - Cambodia’s ninth Guinness World Records - the World’s Longest Hand Woven Scarf, acclaimed on 1 July 2018, is open to exhibit for the general public at the National Museum of Cambodia.

The official inauguration ceremony of exhibition was held Sunday morning at the National Museum, presided over by Phoeung Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Khoung Sreng, Phnom Penh Governor, Hun Many, President of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC), and Say Sam Al, Vice-President of UYFC.

The 1,000 Meters Hand Woven Scarf or Krama is organized by GoGo Cambodia, an organization established by youths to promote Cambodian national pride, under the spirit of “Believe Khmer Can”.

Krama weaving was commenced on 14 February 2018 under the patronage of King Nordom Sihamoni, Her Majesty Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, and Samdech Kittipritbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen.

Over months, Krama weaving site based at Veal Preah Meru, opposite of the National Museum, attracted approximately 338,050 national and international guests. At least, 22,314 had registered to learn how to weave, and that 19,771 contributed to the 1,000-meter weaving.

The national guests came from all the 25 provinces and cities, ranging from His Majesty King, royal family, prime ministers, ministers, civil servants, handicapped persons, orphans, pregnant women, private institutions, students, artists and celebrities, and the general public; while international tourists came from 57 countries around the world, mostly the United States, France, China, Thailand and Japan.

Weaving Krama aims to uphold the pride and prestige of the nation on international stage; to conserve and promote the cultural and traditional heritage of Krama with its simplicity and identity of Khmer; to galvanize the national solidarity and unity to achieve one unique accomplishment.

Krama, used by Cambodian people of all walks of life, is a traditional Khmer garment capable of more than 60 documented uses.

Krama is worn to provide protection from sun, dust, wind, cold and rain.

In daily activities, Krama can also be used to cook, cover body when bathing, for women going to market, for decorative purposes, use as a hammock for children, carry things and babies; children use Krama to heft kittens and puppies around.

Krama has also been used as a form of weaponry in Khmer martial arts. Bokator fighters wrap Krama around their waists, heads and fists.

In the name of Khmer family, we promote our national pride through “The World’s Longest Hand Woven Scarf-Krama”.