Khăn rằn

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A museum exhibition shows woman wearing the characteristic black-and-white checkered khăn rằn headscarf and black áo bà ba tunic

The khăn rằn (khăn "towel, scarf" rằn "striped") is a traditional checkered black and white shawl, derived from the Khmer krama and worn in the region of Mekong Delta in Vietnam.[1]

During the Vietnam War, the distinctive scarf was donned by the Khmer Rouge and Viet Cong soldiers to identify themselves.[2][3]


  1. ^ The girl in the picture: the story of Kim Phuc Denise Chong - 2000 "Sometimes, all she caught by the light of her lamp was a checkered, black-and-white scarf, the trademark khan ran worn by the southern revolutionary."
  2. ^ Stanley I. Kutler (1996) Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War ISBN 978-0-132-76932-7 "Note the black-and-white checked scarf in the background, an identifying symbol of the Viet Cong guerrilla"
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