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Krama: How many ways do I love thee

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of being and ideal grace.

I love thee to the level of every day's

Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

If you’re Khmer, or if you’ve spent some time in Cambodia, you would be familiar with the historical versatility of the beloved Khmer heritage scarf: Krama. It’s a necktie, a belt/cutlass holster, a harvest basket for fruit and vegetables, a mobile tent-shade on a sunny day, a light cover-throw on a cool evening, a bath-towel. ..(this list is far from exhaustive, by the way!)

But what many people haven’t quite realised is the versatility of the humble Krama in modern times. This is one of the several great values we promote through Internships at Fourth Culture Cambodia, helping the next generation innovate upon strong roots of culture.

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