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Phnom Penh's markets are highly diverting. Cambodian craftsmanship is excellent and whether you are in search of silverware, kramas - checked cotton scarves - hand-loomed sarongs or bronze buddhas you will find them all in abundance. A great favourite for its range and quality of antiques, jewellery and fabrics is the Psar Tuol Tom Pong (Russian Market). Silverware, gold and gems are available in the Psar Thmei (Central Market). Matmii - ikat - is also commonly found in Cambodia. It may have been an ancient import from Java and is made by tie-dyeing the threads before weaving. It can be bought throughout the country. Other local textile products to look out for are silk scarves bags and traditional wall-hangings. Colourful kramas can be found in local markets across the country and fine woven sarongs in cotton and silk are available in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Silk and other textiles products can be bought throughout the country. There has been a strong revival of pottery and ceramics in the last 30 years. Other crafts include bamboo work, wooden panels with carvings of the Ramayana and temple rubbings.

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