Over the past several days, my husband and I have been touring Cambodia and getting acquainted with Cambodian culture and customs. Even though Be Brave. Lose the Beige is not just about color, I loved the fact color is such an integral part of the Khmer culture. For example, there is a virtual color code for fashion in Cambodia. A color is designated for each day of the week for clothing.
Sunday’s color is red in reference to the sun.
Monday ‘s color is orange in honor of the moon.
Purple is reserved for Tuesday
The green of the lieb plant is reserved for Wednesday
Thursday is the yellowish green of the banana Palm leaf
Friday’s color is blue
Saturday’s color is plum
The seasons in this culture are each designated a color as well:
Blue for winter
Green for spring
Orange for summer
Yellow for fall
Traditional Khmer clothing, that is Cambodian clothing, refers to the type of dress the Khmer people have been wearing from ancient times to the present. Khmer textiles is a form of Khmer art and an important part of Cambodian cultural identity. This beautiful art form was virtually destroyed during the vicious Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1993. It was wonderful seeing the restoration of cultural and artistic identity during our trip.