The traditional Myanmar costumes, learn before you go

Each of countries has its own unique traditional costume representing for its cultural and social status, not except for Myanmar. The types of clothes worn by people contribute to the history of their country, its climatic conditions, traditions and ethnic groups. Besides, Myanmar costumes express unique culture and characteristics, which makes a big impression for visitors to visit Myanmar.

Visitors taking photograph with the Myanmar people wearing Longyi - stunning traditional clothing

Visitors taking photograph with the Myanmar people wearing Longyi – stunning traditional clothing

It is well-known that Myanmar is a largest country in Southeast Asia with 135 ethnic minorities in various regions. Among them, the 8 major races are Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Burma, Rakhine and Shan. All of them have their own regions, dialect, tradition, culture, legendary, own folklore, tales and accents. But the most attractive worn the majority of Myanmar people is Longyi of Burmese men and women.  Travel to Myanmar

The unique traditional costumes of Myanmar inhabitants

The differences of the national clothing-Longyi between bridge and groom

The differences of the national clothing-Longyi between bridge and groom

The Myanmar Longyi, a sarong-like nether garment plays a crucial role in the Myanmar national dress worn by both men and women. It is fundamentally a piece of cloth sown into a cylindrical tube, slipped over the head by men and stepped into by the women and tucked in at the waist. Men and women, however, fasten their Longyis at the waist in different ways. Whereas men fold the garment into two panels and knot it neatly at waist level, for the ladies it is a wrap-around skirt tucked in at the side of the waist. It may be wrapped from right to left, which is more common, or from left to right, relying on the comfort of the wearer. The term “Longyi” refers to this nether garment in general for both men and women. But the ladies skirt has a plain black strip of cotton about 5 inches wide sewn and attached to the top part of the circular skirt. It is known as “Ahtet hsin”. It assits to keep the longyi firmly in place, especially, if it is of silk or satin. To further differentiate between men and women’s wear, the garment for men is known as “pasoe” and for women, “htamein”. Visit Myanmar with Indochina tours

The occasions to wear the national costumes

The traditional costume for the women stylized in accordance with modern-style

The traditional costume for the women stylized in accordance with modern-style

For countries around the world, their traditional costumes are only worn during special occasions or festivals. By contrast, Myanmar people wear daily the national clothes. Because, these clothes are most cool, comfortable and particularly suitable for extreme hot weather conditions in Myanmar. In addition, the steps to wear the national clothing are pretty easy and simple, so they are easy to wear and dressing as needed in daily life. More strikingly, it is either rain or sun, the traditional costume can be pulled up to become the raincoat, or umbrella to protect people against the sun, and even wrapped round as the hats for the sellers without the use of hands holding.

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