Museum Pick: February 9 - 23, 2009
The dressing style of the Cambodian people is influenced both by tradition and vanity. Cambodians pay strict attention to their clothing; Khmer society is very traditional and its government controls the fashion style of its citizens. On the other hand, clothing is also used to avoid getting tanned. Asian society values clear complexion and clothing is used to protect skin from exposure to the UV rays.
The clothing used as protection (against the prying eyes of the Khmer regime as well as the sun rays) has created unrecognizable individuals on the Cambodian streets. This anonymity has created a feeling of freedom in the city, which is not very common in Muslim countries where women are often masked by tradition.