THE RO MAM
Meeting the Ro Mam was definitely the most intense and unbeatable experience in every way, after waiting 3 years for authorization. Thanks the national channel VTV1’s efforts, I was finally able to visit the village, located in a restricted area, 20km from the Cambodian border, in November 2016. Accompanied by the TV crew, it took us 3.5 hours in a 4WD to cover the 51 km that separates Mô Rai from the closest town! We can presume that no outsiders has been allowed there since the war.
Of the last 12 traditional costumes left, and I was honoured to receive one, along with a pipe and a basket, to showcase their culture. I was invited to lunch with the chief of the village where he presented me with it. The woman pictured, posed in it as a token of remembrance. The remaining 11 white costumes are kept as treasures by the Ro Mam in awareness that no one makes them anymore.