Khmer traditional dresses
For nearly a decade, a majority of French and Khmer people have believed that the way we dressed was taught by the Indians since the early 1st century B.C, because the Khmer residents were no clothing.In reality, our Khmer Loeu in the prehistoric era as well as to day were dressed with long or short breechclouts and skirts to cover the bodies or simply protect from the weather ,before the arrival of the Indian (Kalinga) civilization.Moreover, we notice that in the early 1st century B.C, Kben dressing was in fashion and became very popular. It was originally worn by the Hindu people in Southeast India, and has remained in fashion until the present times, particularly in India as well as in Cambodia.Therefore, the statement that the Khmer did not wear any clothes before the arrival of the Indian culture must be held as erroneous. That the Khmer people adhered to the Indian tradition does not mean they did not have their own clothing.The question is that how can we prove this? We will mention some finds resulting from archaeological research in some historic sites, located in Cambodia Thailand, and South Vietnam, where our ancestors lived.The evidence of weaving cloth was generally found through the prehistoric ancient objects such as the imprint of cotton thread, stuck on domestic tools or Plè Trol, and the instruments for spinning cotton thread. The significant pieces of clothing that these artefacts suggest were breechclouts and skirts, used by men and women alike. Furthermore, in the early 20th century, the breechclout and skirt custom was very popular in remote areas, unchanged in spite of Indianization .The sculptures on the wall of the Bayon, Banteay Chhmar, and Angkor Wat temples show the manner of Khmer traditional dressing in the 12th and 13th centuries B.C, including the use of breechclout and skirt which is remarkable evidence.Significantly,the Chinese historic records were bent on taking sides with the Han culture, stating that everything with which the Chinese were not familiar belonged to a world of barbarians.In summary, the Khmer people, both men and women customarily wore the Kben that has been very popular from the 1st century until the present time and typically popular with the Hindu populations, especially the Tamil group in Southeast India and perhaps that is what the Chinese records are mentioning.In accordance with the conceptual analysis above; we can assume that the Khmer people have been wearing clothes at least since the Metal age.