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World’s longest krama close to wrapping up

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The krama will break a world record once complete. KT/Ven Rathavong

Weaving of the longest krama is due to finish in the next two months with the traditional Cambodian scarf currently 600 metres long and nearing the length needed to break the Guinness World record.

The Campaign is organised by GoGo Cambodia, an organisation established by young people to promote Cambodian national pride.

Sann Vathana of GoGo Cambodia, who launched the campaign, said that the longest krama had been worked on for three months since Valentine’s Day in February.

Weaving the longest krama was in the spirit of solidarity and unification and in which all Cambodian people could participate.

Mr Vathana said weaving the krama aimed to display a traditional Cambodia scarf and urged all Cambodia people to unify and break records together.

“This event promotes the spirit that Khmers can achieve it, and it is evidence of unification,” he said, adding that all Cambodian people joined together to weave the krama.

The effort must produce a krama at least 1000 metres long to fulfil the requirements set by Guinness World Records. The krama is white and red, and the campaign is set up at Veal Preah Mehru, in front of the National Museum.

“We could complete weaving in one to two more months,” he said. “The last day of weaving will be a wonderful day. That day, we will extend our krama, and the commission of Guinness World Records will start to measure it.”

Mr Vathana said there would be a march to display the krama but could not specify the day.

Silk weaver Larch Khoeun spoke about her happiness weaving the krama, adding that it was easier than weaving silk.

“Normally we can weave about 12 to 13 metres per day,” she said. “We believe that we can break the record. I am so happy that there are many people taking part in the weaving.”

Mr Vathana said the weaving was open to the public, and about 10,000 people including students, youths and foreigners had taken part in weaving the krama.

A young man who visit the weaving area, Choun Phanith, said it was his first time weaving a krama.

“I think that it is a good move which would make Cambodian people more familiar with the krama,” he said. “At least, they can understand how to weave the krama because all participants will get training before taking part in weaving the longest krama.”

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