How to Tie a Krama

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How to Tie a Krama
Cambodians wear headscarves to protect them from the elements. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The krama is a rectangular Cambodian scarf worn as a sarong, headscarf or face guard. Traditionally hand-woven from cotton or silk, the scarves may come in a wide variety of symbolic or decorative colours. In addition to being fashionable, the karma is useful for wiping sweat and protecting the wearer against sun or flying sand.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy



  1. 1

    Hold the unfolded krama lengthwise with the top edge against your back at your waist.

  2. 2

    Pull the two sides of the scarf around to make a wrap skirt.

  3. 3

    Tie the two upper corners of the krama in a simple knot at the side of your waist.


  1. 1

    Fold the krama in half lengthwise. If the krama is decorated or coloured on one side, fold it with that side out.

  2. 2

    Drape the folded cloth over your head so the long folded edge is oriented toward your forehead.

  3. 3

    Twist one of the free ends slightly and wrap it loosely around the front of your neck, around the back and back around the front.

  4. 4

    Twist the other free end and tie the two ends together to secure the scarf. Tuck any excess cloth into the cloth wrapped around the back of your neck.

  5. 5

    Extend the fabric wrapped around the front of your neck up over your nostrils to protect your nasal and throat passages from flying dust.

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