What is the Red Scarf Revolution?
From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge reigned over a dark period in Cambodian history. Nearly two million Cambodians were murdered during the Year Zero revolution. The red scarf (Kramas) became associated with the Khmer Rouge as a result of their uniforms. Soldier uniforms, along with required dress for all citizens of Year Zero Cambodia, consisted of black pajama-like shirt, pants, rubber sandals, and the red Krama.
The idea behind Year Zero is that all culture and traditions within a society must be completely destroyed or discarded and a new revolutionary culture must replace it. All history of the nation or people before Year Zero were deemed largely irrelevant, as it will (as an ideal) be purged and replaced from the ground up. Teachers, artists, and intellectuals were especially singled out and executed during the purges accompanying Pol Pot’s Year Zero.
Red Scarf Revolution aims to bring silenced art, culture, language, and the darkest tragedy in the history of Cambodia to light with designs that incite the resiliency of the Cambodian people. Year Zero revolution re-appropriated for the new generation because we must know history in order to avoid its mistakes and resurrect what has been purged in order to build anew.