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The best thing to bring home from Phnom Penh is its traditional garment — the krama. It’s hand-woven checkered cloth and can be used for everything from dish towels to neckwear. You can also pick up the beautiful silk scarves, which are made from locally produced silk.
You can also bring home something for a cause. Phnom Penh is full of shops that support local charities. The Friends store, in particular, sells gifts with a humanitarian bent. Go there to find wallets made from repurposed rice bags and silk-screened clothing hand-sewn by those in need. KeoK’jay is a good place to find unique styles sewn by HIV-positive women, along with a well-curated selection of vintage finds; and Smateria creates unique handbags and accessories from repurposed mosquito netting and motorbike seats.