The traditional costumes of Myanmar are considered as a symbol expresses clearly about the unique culture and warm hospitality of this country, which creates the deep impression for those who have already gone through Myanmar tours. Their costumes are very simple, which reflect the friendly and unsophisticated in living style.
Traditional costumes of Myanmar contain two sets, offered for both Burmese men and women.Myanmar Traditional Dress

Traditional dress for Burmese men

Longyi (sewing pants and tight pants) is the name of traditional clothes of the men, which is a perfect combination of the shirt or jacket called Taipon (traditional clothes). It’s quite flexible in size, shapes for matching with the man’s body. specifically, It’s a sheet of cloth that has about 2 meters long, 80 centimeters wide and frequently sewed into a cylindrical shape, which is worn around from the men’s waist to their feet.
Moreover, there is one interesting point is that men’s dress is strapless and quite loose; therefore, when they have to move regularly, they often have to adjust the skirt and wrap it back tight even in the middle of the street.
However, Longyi is designed without pockets, so it quite hard to carry cash, mobile phone or other personal items, make sure to bring your handbag, bag to hold these items. Men’s jacket with 2 layers, fabric buttons, bright wear in the daytime, black and dark color wear in the night. The head wrapped a white turban with a protruding corner sharp like the leaves.Traditional dress for Burmese men

Traditional dress for Burmese women

Burmese women’s traditional clothes are Thummy. Compared with Laos or Thailand’s dress, Thummy is quite similar. They do not wear the turban like the men. Both Burmese women and men wear flip-flops.
Besides the traditional costume, Myanmar people wear European clothes on many occasions and when they wear suits, they wear shoes. Basically, Burmese people often mix Longyi with other items of clothing, from T-shirts, shirts, jackets, to vests.Traditional dress for Burmese women+

When and where Myanmar people wear traditional clothes

Compare to other countries’ traditional costumes such as Ao Dai (long dress) of Vietnam, Kimono of Japan or Hanbok of South Korea, which is only worn on special occasions, events and some national festivals, the traditional dress of Myanmar are worn regularly in daily life while doing homework, riding a motorbike, going to work and even in sports competitions. There are some reasons:
Firstly, the weather of this country is so hot as 40 degrees so the costumes’ material is suitable to make people feel comfortable.
Secondly, as mentioned above, these traditional clothes are very easy to mix with other items.
Thirdly, the structure and style of Burmese traditional costumes are very simple; therefore, they are easy to put on and take off when needed in daily life.
When Myanmar people wear traditional clothes
Last but not least, it also becomes a multifunctional item in many cases. For example, they can be pulled up to be used as the “raincoat”, “the UV sun shirt”…, or Burmese women can enroll it to make a stable substrate to carry commodities (fruits, rice bags, foods) without holding by hands.
How can people work or play sports with that kind of skirt? That question will vanish completely as soon as you enter the Burmese’s normal life. From taxi drivers, fishermen to farmers, they are all wearing longyi without any inconvenience, sometimes they stop to wrap their longyi tighter. A young player soccer said: “Wearing longyi to kick the ball is really comfortable and hardly being fell. It’s even much more comfortable than wearing pants”.
It is obvious that the way Burmese people wearing traditional costumes is not euphuistic and also the same as their lifestyle. When visitors take Myanmar vacation, they can see that Burmese women rarely wear makeup even in the special occasion in their country. Therefore, tourists will certainly have the feeling that everything is so simple, peaceful and they are always welcome by friendly and sincere Myanmar people. Taking Myanmar tours, trying to wear their traditional costumes and interacting with the local people promises to help tourists enjoy an unforgettable experience.