Cultural tradition in Cambodia preserved in Hol Pidan exhibit at National Museum

Pich Chanmony, spouse of Prime Minister Hun Manet, advocates for public attendance at the “hol pidan” exhibition at the National Museum of Cambodia, emphasizing the significance of engaging in the conservation of Khmer tradition and culture.

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Chanmony made her appeal during her visit to the “Hol Pidan, Development and Challenges” showcase on March 23.

“Kindly visit the exhibition… Let’s unite in preserving our tradition and culture,” she expressed in a social media post.

The Ministry highlighted that hol pidan, a traditional Cambodian silk weaving technique, stands out from other hols (traditional Khmer attire) as it showcases Buddhist narratives through distinctive embroideries and styles.

The exhibition aims to educate the public about the museum’s hol pidan collection and raise awareness about weavers’ concerns regarding the potential loss of this art form. It also sheds light on the evolving demand for hol pidan in Cambodian society and its current production status.

This year’s exhibition, the fourth of its kind, features 17 selected hol pidans. Additionally, the event commemorates the 104th anniversary of the museum’s establishment.


Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona inaugurated the exhibition on March 21, revealing that the ministry had trained 300 youths in hol pidan skills as part of its initiative’s first phase, spanning Phnom Penh and seven provinces. The training encompasses 12 skills, including weaving.

The ministry, through the museum, continues to urge for ongoing donations and collections of silks from national and international sources.

Chhort Bunthang, a research officer specializing in Cultural Relations, Tourism, and Education at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, echoed his support for Chanmony’s plea on March 24.

He stressed the importance of motivating Cambodian youth and citizens to uphold their cultural heritage, traditions, and customs.

“While the call from the nation’s leader’s spouse is commendable, it shouldn’t be limited to her alone; other leaders should also promote cultural preservation. It’s the responsibility of all Cambodians. Preserving our culture and traditions requires collective effort. We must commit not only to cultural preservation but to all tasks,” Bunthang emphasized.

Hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the exhibition runs from March 21 to June 21, 2024.


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Tom Starkey
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