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    Khmer New Year
    Saturday April 16th 2016
     8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Cambodian Buddhist Temple
    Silver Spring, MD 

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Welcome to CCD

Cambodian Community Day (CCD) is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization established to promote, present and preserve our rich Cambodian culture. CCD seeks to integrate Khmer culture into American society to ensure the continuation of Cambodian cultural heritage, especially among Cambodian-American youths. We also work to strengthen Cambodian voice, empower Cambodian communities, bridge distances, heal rifts and build bonds among Khmers and other ethnic groups.


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CCD 15th Anniversary Celebration

May 28, 2016 6:00 pm

7260 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22042, USA

Come and dance your night out during our celebration of 15 years into the making. Click here to download the flyer.

Cultural Festival

The Cambodian cultural Festival featuring Classical Performances, folklore dances, a Cambodian drama show entitled Tum Teav, Khmer music, and many other cultural activities will be held at


Cambodian Buddhist Temple

 13800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring MD 20904


Sunday September 11, 2016 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Angkor Wat best tourist attraction in the world

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Angkor Wat was just named the best tourist attraction in the world. Lonely Planet just announced its list of the 500 best attractions on the planet, and Cambodia's Temples of Angkor took first place.

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A Special Concert of Cambodian Musicians Sunday May 1st, 2016

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A performance of Cambodia’s most outstanding young musicians from the Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) is taking place on Sunday, May 1st from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Cambodian Buddhist Temple 13800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Admission is free. Please RSVP at
You have an opportunity to meet Arn Chorn Pond, the founder of CLA. He will give a short lecture on his personal story “Child of War, Man of Peace” and discuss how music saved his life as a child under the Khmer Rouge regime and how he has since used music and the arts to spearhead the recovery and growth of Cambodia’s traditional arts.
This is a unique opportunity for us of the DC area to meet the group. They were the ones who organized the Season of Cambodia in New York City in 2013. For more information about CLA, please visit their site:
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Happy Khmer New Year 2016

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Dear friends and families,

On behalf of Cambodian Community Day (CCD) Board of Directors, members and volunteers, I would like to wish you a Happy Khmer New Year 2016, Buddhist Era 2560, the Year of Monkey. May you have success, prosperity,  good health in the year to come. Click here for CCD performance programs on April 16, 2016 12:30 PM at Cambodian Buddist Temple 13800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring MD 20904.

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Phare, The Cambodian Circus – US Tour

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September 14 – November 2, 2015

Siem Reap Cambodia, September 2, 2015. Phare, The Cambodian Circus is proud to announce that it will conduct its first tour of the USA between September 26 and November 2, 2015. The centerpiece of the tour will be performances of “Khmer Metal”, a critically acclaimed production internationally, at the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Florida on October 16, 17 and 18, 2015. It will also perform Khmer Metal at selected venues in Northern and Southern California and in Washington, DC.

About Phare.



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President Message: Happy Cambodian Community Day

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Dear friends and families,

On behalf of Cambodian Community Day (CCD) members and Board of Directors, thank you for coming and joining us at the Cambodian Cultural Festival to celebrate our culture, abundant heritage and  achievements. I like to challenge everybody to identify your culture, your root, and  your life and see what have you done and what will you do to make your life and lives of our fellow Cambodians better. Click here for CCD performance schedule.

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Culture and Heritage News

Airborne laser reveals hidden city in Cambodia

Towers of the legendary Angkor Wat temple are seen north of Siem Reap provincial town, about 230 kilometers, 143 miles, northwest of the capital Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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The Origin of the Number Zero

Deep in the jungle, an intrepid scholar locates a symbol of power and mystery.

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  TFD (The Fast Delivery) is a cover band that came together because of their love of music. They decided on the name ‘The Fast Delivery’ because of a chinese food calendar that was close by. Tony, who's a graduate at Science Leadership Academy likes to draw, sing and mind his business. Julie, a 17 year old who likes to play the guitar, sing, and cleaning and Destiny, who's a junior enjoys inspiring people and her youth, Destiny is also part of show choir/jazz singers, and anchor at Paint Branch High School. For more information about The Fast Delivery, visit where they talk about fashion, beauty, and music. You can also find covers and songs of the month picked out by the Fast Delivery themselves.
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I am from the DC area but grew up throughout the Prince George's County area. I'm 29 years of age been rapping since forever but I didn't take it serious until 2001 and I feel I didn't become nice until 2003. I was influenced by Biggie, Slick Rick, Fabolous, Jadakiss, and Styles P.

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Custom & Tradition

adapting their religions, sciences, and customs and languages. In the early days, they believe in Deva Raja (Hinduism God-King) and the great temple as a symbolic holy mountain.

In a typical Khmer family, the husband is the head of the family, responsible for providing shelter and food . The wife is generally in charge of the family budget and has considerable authority over family affairs. However, both men and women are responsible for working in the rice fields, and taking care of the household. Parents, children and grandparents are generally considered one household of extended nuclear families in Cambodia. Parents still have influence over their children, even while they are married and have children of their own. Overall, each family member shares the work in the household, which creates an efficient family dynamic.

In Cambodian society, men perform outdoor tasks. Traditionally among villagers, men are expected to do laborious works such as fishing, plowing rice field, threshing rice, making and repairing tools, and caring for cattle. Women generally handle housekeeping works such as keeping financial in order (keeping and managing what the husband earns), cooking, washing, mending, food shopping, childcare, and housecleaning. In urban areas, nowadays, both men and women are working, so there are shifts in traditional role. In the rural areas and during the rice cultivation season (July-September), men plow and prepare rice field and women predominantly plan rice. During harvest season (December-February), women harvest rice while men transport and crop rice grain from fields.

Cambodia is still a male-dominate society, even though, it has gradually changed in modern time.  Since women perform housekeeping routines, they are in either inferior position or in a relative strength, depends on one sees it. The fact that women control family finances may not be regarded as a sign of superiority but represents real power in practical terms. However, women have much less access than men to the highest positions of political and economic power. They are often are victims of physical violence, verbal and psychological abuse.


Head is considered sacred part of the human body. Younger individual touches or plays the older one’s head is not acceptable. In the western world, it is considered a gesture of friendship and love. In Cambodia and even in the Europe or America, it is considered an insult or disrespect.

Traditional codes of behavior for women are more elaborate and strict than those for men. Man hugs woman, especially young unmarried woman, when greeting or seeing-off may be unacceptable to the elders. They prefer a traditional way which is bowing the head down with palm of both hands together around the chest pointing straight to the other party. Woman body is not to be touched by man even in such a friendly gesture. So use caution. Also, the elders, or even neighbors, construe them as having involving in a romantic relationship if men and woman are found alone together somewhere. It does carry stigma in the society if they do that repeatedly. In the modern day and in the urban areas, this behavior is more tolerable, but stricter in rural countries.

Man and woman living together without marriage is a stigma. They defame family reputation and the woman’s family seems to suffer the most. It is even worse if they carry child out of wedlock.  If possible, parents of both sides will arrange the marriage to control the damage of their reputation.

Divorce is rare and when it happens, woman is often to blame without reasonable judgment. For this reason, some women endure suffering from a bad husband. Things have changed in modern time. But women are still suffering.

Unlike western custom, looking straight into the eyes when the young engages in a conversation with the old may be considered disrespect. In this situation, Cambodian prefers the young to bow down while talking. Cambodian people are shy. Even in a normal conversation among families and friends, they do not always look at each other. That depends on how close the relationship is. If you are an American or a foreigner, and you talk to them and they do not look at you, it does not necessarily mean they don’t like you. It is just the way the custom is.

Children are expected to obey and listen to their parents. Arguing with parents is rare in the Cambodian society. Children always do as the parent wishes; even sometimes they don’t like it. Parents are always right.

Cambodian expects guest to take off shoes and hat off. It is a matter of respect to the host. Hat off is also expected when entering a Buddhist temple or talking to the elders or Buddhist monk.

Food Offering to Ancestors

Sen Daun Ta

Cambodian believes in ancestors’ spirit. They often practice a ritual call ‘Sen Daun Ta’ or simply ‘Sen’ during which many kind foods are prepared an arranged in an orderly fashion at a dinning room/area. Pictures or ashes of the deceased are usually displayed. They use candle light and burned incent stick while praying. There is a designated leader conducting the praying services while all other family members stand around the table (or in Cambodia, they all sit down on the floor). There are three rounds of praying recital, often free-style and not scripted, in which they invite all those who have passed away (and they call them by name) to come and consume all the foods that they have prepared by their own hand. In the pray, they also ask the ancestors to bless family members who are still alive for good health and prosperity and for a protection from evil. They pause about 4-5 minutes in between rounds. Each round they say the same pray. At the end of the third round, they pick a little bit food of each kind, put them into a dish, put a couple of burning incent stick on it, bring it to usually corner of the house outside and leave it there as a token of sending back ancestors to their own places, wherever it may be.
This ritual is done regularly during New Year and Pchum-Ben. It is a normal practice. However, there are occasions when they just want to do it as a signed that ancestors have not been forgotten. Some people do it because one of the family members gets sick and they believe ‘Sen’ will result in a speedy recovery. Others do it because a sense of guilt of wrong doing and ‘Sen’ is an apology to ancestors.

Parent Bathing

Parent Bathing
Parent Bathing

In Cambodian community, parents are highly respectable. They are the sources of our inspiration and guidance. We rarely challenge their authority. When they talk, we listen. We do as they wish and even if we do not like it, we usually negotiate with them in such a way not to upset them. We usually perform some rituals to appease them and to repay them gratitude. While good behavior and well-discipline are the normal course in Cambodian lives, most have gone far beyond ordinary affairs. Parent Bathing is one of the rituals that is enjoyed by both, parents and children. The ritual is normally performed in hot day mid-April at the Buddhist temple or at home, usually during the Cambodian New Year celebration. Parents are seated on a wooden bed (we will seat them on chairs in this event). The children get buckets of water, sanctified and blessed by Buddhist monks, and bath their parents with joy.


The Process of Cambodian Traditional Wedding


Wedding ceremony is a joyous event in any culture. For Cambodians living abroad, having the traditional ceremony requires understanding and preparation. In a modern society, life has caught up into many different things. Young Cambodians often ignore the significance of keeping their own culture. They tend to think it is their wedding and they have the right to do whatever they want. They are correct in a sense. Being home away from home, we just need to preserve our identity, our roots, our culture. For those who have decided to follow the Khmer tradition discover that their lives greatly enhanced with an intangible, untouchable feeling of satisfaction. They are always glad that they did the Khmer traditional wedding as part of their whole wedding plan.  The benefit of having an everlasting memory in their life far outweighs the inconvenience of enduring a tedious process (changing clothes often, long sit-down  on the floor, etc).

Khmer wedding is a long process in which many Cambodians have done or participated in the process. However, do they really understand each episode in the process? Khmer wedding music is so sentimental. To the ears of many, it sounds monotone and they cannot distinguish one from another.  Do you know what song needs for what wedding episode? In the United States, the ceremony is shorten to fit the overall schedule. Doing a full-blown ritual would take all day or longer. Therefore, you need to select only a few episodes. Do you know what to select and do you understand the meaning of it?  Khmer traditional wedding musicians are hard to find in the United States and elsewhere beside Cambodia. Therefore, you resort to playing pre-recorded songs as opposed to live music. To mimic the whole ceremony step-by-step without live music requires some understanding and preparation. And that is what the article is all about. The wedding guideline is tailored specifically for people who live the United States. It may differ from the practices in Cambodia or elsewhere. Traditionally, people sit on the floor. Offering and gifts are also arranged on the floor. Nowadays, it is not uncommon that participants are sitting on the chair and wedding stuffs are arranged on the table covered with beautiful table cloth.


Khmer wedding is almost always performed at the bride’s residence. There is a respected person called Achar. He is normally very knowledgeable of Buddhism, who directs and mediates the whole ceremony. Although the event takes place at their residence, the bride’s family selects a representative called Meba, a married couple who are one of the closest friends of the bride’s parents. Similarly, the groom selects a representative call Chao Moha. The three groups of people are the officiants of the ceremony. Beside them, off course, elders, families and friends from both sides participate in the ritual.

The ceremony starts in the very early morning with a ritual of requesting ancestors to give them a right  moment to start and to bless the participants, the house, tents, and all places where they conduct the ceremony. This episode is called Som Peelear (request a right moment). The music to play in this episode is called Homrong: 

. Other songs that may be played during the prelude session are:


Malop Dong:

Chambak Rauy:

Lomang Thnorng:

The Groom's Procession

Groom Procession

The groom’s procession re-enacts the Cambodian tradition based on legend and history. The procession symbolizes the trip of the first Khmer prince, Preah Thong, to the Naga Palace to ask King Naga’s permission to marry Princess Neang Neak. The prince was a foreigner exiled from his homeland, and during his travels he  encountered and fell in love with the Naga Princess.

The procession is also a reflection of Cambodian social affairs. In the old days, marriage was arranged by parents. A man would ask his parents to go and request permission from the girl’s parents for a marriage. The man’s parents,  family and friends would prepare a trip, bringing gifts and offerings to the girls’ residence.  Parents on both sides had tremendous influence on the decision-making process in the courtship. This tradition has evolved to a more modern practice. It is quite common now that the man and woman have already fallen in love, and the wedding ceremony reaffirm their vow and to honor the tradition.

The music  required for the groom processing episode is Chao Preahm 

The process is lead by a group of musicians followed by the Chao Moha, the groom and groom maids, then friends and families walking in two rows paired by a man and women, preferably husband and wife. Each pair carries a gift tray of same type. Gift may be fruit, cake, wine or beverages.

The procession ends at the door step of the bride’s residence. A make-shift gate may be built to use as an entrance to the bride’s residence. This is a place where Chao Moha meets Meba. Chao Moha tells Meba the purpose of the visit and asks Meba a permission to get into the house so that further dialog can take place inside. Meba agrees. Tradition may vary. Normally, the bride is nowhere to be seen. Occasionally another tradition is performed in which the bride comes down, meet and wash the feet of the groom. 

Elders Dialogue

This is a long ceremony that consists of many activities. It is a make-believe scene where the Meba (the representative of the bride) questions the purpose of the visit of Chao Moha (the representative of the groom) as if the bride and the groom never met each other before. They are negotiating the marriage process. At the end, they all agree, but not before they request to see the groom and the bride.

Elders Dialog
The Count-Fruits and Gifts Ritual
Now that they are inside, seated in that fashion and surrounded by friends and family, elders’ dialog begins. The bride and groom are not present at this time. The Chao Moho reiterates the purpose of their visit, that is, their son comes to ask permission to marry their daughter. Meba only agrees if Chao Moha brings many fruits, vegetables, flowers, cakes, and gifts. They need to verify by asking a pair of independent persons or just one person to count them in a dance-fashion while music is playing. Typically, there should be 36 kind of fruits of all sorts they can find and all kind of cakes and gifts. The count-fruit ritual is performed by the wedding musician group. If you do not have a live musician, you may want to ask friends or hire a man and a woman if possible, but only woman is fine, to perform the ritual. The music to play is Rorb Phle Chheur:  
Seating Arrangement

The family, friends, and guests are seated facing the Achar whose role is to facilitate the conversation. The groom’s family and friends are seated on one side, led by their representative, Chao Moha.  The bride’s side is on the opposite site, led by their representative, the Mai Ba, The gifts and offerings are arranged in a matching pairs.

The Groom’s Appearance

This is an engagement acceptance ritual all over again. The groom appears first. The Mai Ba asks Chao Moha the purpose of their presence. A friendly dialogue begins. The Chao Moha states the purpose and introduces the groom to the bride’s family, friends, and guests. The Mai Ba consults with the bride’s family, checks the groom’s character, and asks groom to reaffirm his love for the bride. Live traditional wedding music is playing and a singer sings a lyric song that symbolizes a counting of all fruits and gifts brought by the groom. The Mai Ba customarily satisfies the counting and accepts all gifts.

The Bride’s Appearance

Since Mai Ba already agrees, the Chao Moha and their people have a right to ask for her presence with a blessing from the Achar. She appears and sits next to the groom. At this time, the Chao Moha and his people have their turn to verify the bride’s character and ask her to reaffirm her love for the groom.

 The praying to ancestors
Praying to Ancestors

The ancestor spirits are believed to be caretakers of the living family. They reward the living with good health and prosperity in return for good behavior and obedience. Getting married without this declaration through this ritual is considered disobedient and may anger the spirits. They may cause sickness and bad luck to the couple or their immediate family.

Family bonds are the most important.  A marriage is an inclusion of the couple into their new families. At all important events, family and friends are called upon to share in the celebration and offer their blessing. This ceremony calls forth for those who passed away to offer blessings and observe the wedding, if not in body, in spirit. It is time to reflect on those near and dear to our hearts and remember to include them in the happiness.

Achar leads an offering ceremony. The bride and the groom are sitting with each other in a kneel-down fashion. There are foods, drinks, lit candles and burning incense sticks. The smoke is believed to be an agent that carries the message to the spirit, and wakes them up so that they can witness the marriage. Family and friends are the spectators.

The music to play is called Kang Soy 

The hair-cutting ritual
Hair Cutting Ritual

Before the bride and groom are officially married in the Khmer tradition, they must be prepared through an elaborate cleansing ceremony. In the old days, both bride and groom and their families were busy farming. Their hair grew long and their bodies were not clean. 

Heavenly Scissors and Razors

The scissors, razors, comb, mirrors and perfume are sanctified and believed to be sent from heaven by gods. Likewise, a barber and a hair dresser are angels (Tevada) sent by Hindu gods from heaven. Cambodia practiced Hinduism before Buddhism. This so-called “the selling of scissors and razors” (even no actual selling/purchasing takes place) is an old belief that lingers up to present. In this ceremony, a couple (as Teveda) carrying scissors, razors, comb, mirrors and perfume dance as the music plays.  Pretending they are lost, they stop and ask a spectator for a direction to the house of he most wealthy people in the area. The bride’s parents are given a wealthy status for one day regardless their actual status. So are the groom’s parents. The spectator gives a direct with a sense of humor as to make people laugh. Finally, the couple finds the wealthy couple, introduce themselves as angels sent by God Indra from heaven to bring them sanctified scissors and razors to use in the hair cutting ceremony. The wealthy couple accepts the gifts, give it to Achar. The music to play is Lok Kantray or Chap Deu Dei 




The tradition may vary depending on the Achar’s discretion. In some instances, Tevada may be the first who cuts (all are pretending, no actual cutting)  bride and groom’s hair while the wedding music (Sarika Keo) is playing. In another instance Achar may be the first or the bride’s parents are the first to start. Families and friends are lining up as couples taking turn to participate in the hair-cutting ceremony.

The essence of the hair-cutting ritual is the would-be pieces of hair from the cut are treated as bad luck hair. They throw them away to avoid  misfortune that may have lingered.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, Tevada returns to the realm of white candle, the home of gods and deceased ancestors. The music to play is called Sarika Keo 

This is a long ceremony, especially when there are many guests, friends and families to participate. When it is done, it usually follow by another song called Trapeang Peay 
, meaning after hair cutting, they should take a bath.



The honoring of parents
Honoring Parents

Honoring parents is an important aspect of Cambodian culture. “Honor your parents as you do to god”  is a typical Cambodian sentiment that is rooted from the Buddhist teaching about not to forget parent’s gratitude called Kun - a kind act or good deed for which ones owes repayment (a debt of gratitude).

The ritual is led by Achar. The bride’s parent sit on the chairs (traditionally on the floor). The bride stands behind with an umbrella to shade them. The groom does the same to his parent. Customarily, a musician plays a solo fiddle and a singer sings a lyric song that describes the good deed and care the parent has given to them since the day they were born until this very day of their marriage. This ceremony is highly emotional that if the couple understands the lyrics, they may shed their tear.

The passing of blessings
The passing of blessings

In this ceremony, only married couples are allowed to participate as it is believed that they will pass along the special quality or essence which has preserved their union. They are asked to sit in a circle around the bride and groom. Three candles are lit and passed from person to person. Each participant passes his or her right hand over flame in a sweeping motion toward the couple, sending or throwing the candle incense as a silence blessing on them. Achar recites a special prayer. The candles are passed around the circle clockwise seven times to complete the ceremony. At the conclusion, Achar blessed them and may give them advice.

The knot-tying ceremony
The knot-tying ceremony

Cambodian weddings traditionally have a knot-tying ceremony. Unlike what the name implies, it is the guests who tie the knots. Parent of both bride and groom start the ceremony, followed by close family and friends. They give best wishes and blessings to the new couple while they tie ribbons around each of their bride and groom’s wrists. They were traditionally required to wear them for three days afterwards to the preserve the good luck. The ceremony is concluded with special recitations from the Achar and blessings from family and friends.

The throwing of phka-sla

Phka-sla is a palm tree flower symbolizing the power of blessings. The throwing of Phka-sla concludes the wedding ceremony with jubilation  and excitement. The new couple is now officially married. The new couple are led to the room, prepared especially for the honeymoon ceremony where the husband and wife peel bananas and other fruits, and feed each other while friends stand by to watch and applaud. Friends will tease them with every move the couple makes.


The traditional wedding ceremony is followed by a warm, hearty reception where authentic Cambodian food is served.










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Voice of America/Khmer: Dr Chanthourn Thuy

A Khmer Archaeologist visited USA in July 2012 to  present his research finding about ancient iron smelter in Cambodia to Cambodian-American communities. One of his stop was Washington, DC Metro area. Click on picture to watch the VOA News coverage during his presentation in Annandale VA.


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Sam Relief  Dec 2012 Newsletter 

Sam Relief was very busy in early April of 2012 and has delivered another 10 tons of rice to Angkor Children Hospital at Siem Reap.

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Replica of Angkor Wat

We have bought a replica of Angkor Wat (picture shown above). It is a sculpture made out from stone, by a sculptor in Pursat province, Cambodia. It is 1.3 meter long, 1.1 meter wide and .35 meter high. It took more than 2 months to complete the sculpture. Click the picture to enlarge.

Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak (website: is a Cambodian association providing artistic activities to children and adults around the Battambang vicinity. The artistic fields are: performing arts (circus, theater, dancing, music), visual arts (cartoon animation, painting contemporary, illustration and graphic design) and social actions (governmental school pre-school through high school, child care center, and transitional youth house). Learn more ...

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Khmer Music Festival

Thank you for coming to our Khmer Music Festival on Saturday September 5th 2015


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Indigenous People

Indigenous People

Ratanakiri Tribe

The traditional cloth making method and other crafts have been abandoned by indigenous people because of modern life style and industrial technology. CANDO Craft Center, just like CCD, like to preserve their culture and tradition. Please help support them by buying their product. 56% of sale proceed will go to the maker, meaning the indigenous people. They are the people who have a self-reliance life style. For more information, click this link:

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