The Cambodian designer making Barbie dolls in traditional costume

Publication date 14 December 2018 | 12:59 | ICT

A Cambodian IT student has turned his back on the world of computers and set his sights on something far more unusual and creative – designing traditional Khmer outfits for Barbie dolls.



  • Glassblowing craft shattered by war in Afghanistan

    Publication date 30 October 2018 | 10:59 | ICT

    HUNCHED and shrivelled, Afghan glassblower Ghulam Sakhi deftly blows and twirls molten glass into delicate blue and green goblets and vases – a craft passed down for generations but now at risk of dying out.

  • Japan passion for Khmer fashion

    Publication date 26 October 2018 | 10:06 | ICT

    Inspired by the costumes of the masked dance drama called Lakhon Khol, a self-taught Cambodian artist has put his passion for design into a collection to be presented on runways at the Japan International Fashion Gala this December.

  • Thousands flock to a Khmer ox race at temple in south Vietnam

    Publication date 24 October 2018 | 13:04 | ICT

    THE annual ox racing festival at Ro temple in Vietnam is a popular event for both locals and tourists. This year’s edition, which took place on October 14-15, gathered 25 pairs of strong oxen from all over Tinh Bien district.

  • Archeologists discover pre-Columbian statues

    Publication date 24 October 2018 | 12:57 | ICT

    Archeologists in Peru have found 20 800-year-old wooden statues in the largest pre-Columbian site in the Americas, Culture Minister, Patricia Balbuena and researchers revealed on Monday.

  • Living by traditional bow and arrow in Bhutan

    Publication date 19 October 2018 | 10:44 | ICT

    EVERY weekend Bhutanese Pema Dorji channels his inner Robin Hood and aims for the bull’s-eye, but not without generous sips of the local brew and a leg-kicking dance and song routine.

  • Art rebels Basquiat, Schiele face off in Paris shows

    Publication date 05 October 2018 | 13:08 | ICT

    THOUSANDS of Two new major exhibitions opening in Paris on Wednesday counterpoint the work of a pair of art world rebels – Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele.

  • Busan film fest seeks ‘reunion’ after disaster

    Publication date 03 October 2018 | 12:17 | ICT

    ORGANISERS of Asia’s largest film festival have issued a rallying cry to its supporters as the event emerges from years of starring in its own political drama.

  • In Russia’s Dagestan, tightrope tradition on brink of extinction

    Publication date 02 October 2018 | 11:50 | ICT

    DRESSED in a red and silver sequined jacket and trousers, 13- year-old Muhamed Balikhanov holds a long pole as he slowly rides an old red bicycle along a tightrope suspended several metres off the ground.

  • Ethnic Phnong villagers turn to homegrown produce for a living

    Publication date 21 September 2018 | 14:18 | ICT

    As she walks in the rain, the 65-year-old ethnic Phnong woman is on her way to Sen Monorom to sell the wild bamboo shoots and bananas she carries on her back. She wears a blue shirt, a krama and yellow flip-flops.

  • Youth optimistic about market for scriptwriting

    Publication date 21 September 2018 | 11:31 | ICT

    Taking up writing as a hobby might be fine for the younger Cambodians, but very few people would venture into it for a living.