Cambodia claims Louis Vuitton logo inspired by ancient Khmer art

A media outlet in Cambodia claims that the symbol on the famous Louis Vuitton logo is inspired by ancient Khmer art.

Facebook page ‘Ebook Cambodia’ posted a photo of a classic Louis Vuitton handbag against an ancient Cambodian stone carving of an Apsara, a type of historical divine dancer known for exquisite costumes and captivating hand movements.

The Apsara’s sarong is decorated with a symbol similar to the flower used on most of Louis Vuitton’s bags, clothing and accessories.

The caption [Google translated from Khmer] said

“Brand LV 😳 Sometimes still cannot escape the art ideas of Khmer ancestors. Sculptures thousands of years ago still leave a sense of civility and timelessness. Amazing Khmer ancestors! 👏 #ebook”

One Thai netizen was not convinced…

“This monogram was made in 1896 and George Vuitton was inspired by Japanese square flower motifs and was always brown and beige. LV’s iconic logo is also known as Damier, French for plaid.”

Although, it is not clear whether the media outlet is claiming George Vuitton stole the symbol from historical Khmer art or whether they are simply celebrating the artistic flair of the “Khmer ancestors” who came up with a similar design to one of the most iconic logos in the fashion industry.

Cambodia, who is hosting the next South East Asian (SEA) games, recently sparked controversy by removing all reference to Muay Thai from the SEA games kickboxing schedule and instead calling it ‘Kun Khmer.

Cambodia argued that the origins of Muay Thai are Cambodian.

In response, Thailand decided to boycott the kickboxing competition by withdrawing from this year’s SEA games.

The International Federation of Muay Thai Associations (IMFA) took the boycott one step further not only by banning Cambodia from the next ASEAN games but also saying they will ban any country that sends athletes to fight in the ‘Khun Khmer’ contest.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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