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Spotted this elderly at a side street market in rural Kkampong Cham on the outskirt of town when I grabbed this shot of her who certainly has seen life to the full. Another of my interest here is, her beautiful 'krama' head scarf commonly found in red-and-white or blue-and-white check, traditionally worn by the Khmer throughout the country. Wrapped a certain way to provide protection from sun, dust, wind, cold and rain, and they may be wound around heads, necks, shoulders or hips.

In fact it can be used for all manner of practical tasks – from carrying babies to hauling fruit in the market etc etc. I heard from the local that the small squares represents the light and dark side of lives in rural Cambodia and there's also some fascinating facts too that during Khmer Rouge times, when smoke from a cooking fire might have revealed your location, people who sought refuge in the forest often employed their 'krama' to steam rice in underground pits.

The Krama, more than any other item of clothing of everyday use, is quintessentially Khmer that no other country in Southeast Asia uses this scarf-like head-wrapping so proudly.

Setting: 300mm, 1/500 sec, F5.6, ISO Raw 200, 0726 hrs

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