How to Tie a Krama


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 colors. To update your basic wardrobe options, tie your krama scarf around your head to upgrade a casual T-shirt and jeans for the weekend or wear it with business attire to give your suits and sheath dresses a little ladylike polish.


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

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

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


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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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