Myanmar’s Burmese Traditional dress design
Traditional dress is still worn by many Myanmarese people around the country. Visitors are more likely to see locals dressed in a traditional wardrobe than modern clothing, even in the modern city of Yangon. Here, all you need to know about Myanmar’s traditional dress designs.
Burmese traditional wear
Regardless of where visitors frequent, they are going to come across the traditional Myanmarese or Burmese dress. Myanmarese men and women across the country are rocking either a pasoe or htamein both of which are considered to be a longyi. This clothing is the traditional wear for both men and women. Weaving is another traditional art form in the country, and those who are elite still wear the lun-taya acheik cloth. Each ethnic minority in Myanmar have their own textile traditions.
The traditional Burmese wardrobe dates back to 1750s. It was worn in the Konbaung court, and the clothing was embellished with stunning jewelry by those who held positions of power, for example, court officials. Women wore floral head ornaments, uniquely decorated blouses, felt footwear, and a htamein, which many women can still be seen wearing today. Men’s traditional outfits were embellished with a turban, hnyat-phanat slippers, a silk jacket embroidered with fur, and a cotton shirt. The dress changed slightly at the end of the British era. It also changed when Indian immigrants made their way to Myanmar, the style was altered slightly to mimic their dress.