A Cambodian costumer’s gallery

Lon Chan, subject of today’s column, sends photos of his work as costumer of the Khmer Ballet of Stockton.

I was struck by a couple things I learned. One, that Chan orders fabrics from craftspeople in Cambodia who still make the elaborate fabrics by hand loom as they have done for centuries, some virtually in the shadows of Angkor Wat.

Two — something I had not realized — elders can be shorn of their culture by refugee trauma and the overwhelming demands of getting by in a radically new land. Until Steve Arounsack said that, I had always assumed the ignorance involved the younger generation, stuck on their iPads and gaming consoles, unaware of their past.

Here’s the ballet’s Facebook page. Here’s a (grainy) YouTube video.

Here’s a Wikipedia article about classic Cambodian dance.

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