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Burma 101: Say yes to the Myanmar dress
A leader for outsiders about the basics of women's clothing in Myanmar. Ma Pyone Thet Thet Thet Thet Kyaw, fashionista, founders of the Virya Couture boutique on 59th Street. Sharing some of her top advice with Frontier to dress like a Myanmar draper. Kindly be aware that this coarse guidebook is a bit Bamar-centered and sufficient for places like Yangon and Mandalay, but it is by no means a representation of all Myanmar's clothing, which can differ greatly according to race or area.
It is the worst part is that while men can get away with purchasing ready-made clothing, if they want to look reasonably respectable, they should have their outfits made to measure, Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw said. When you are a stranger looking for a fast, individual piece of Myanmar clothing, find an English-speaking cloth maker (e.g. Virya Couture) and place an order:
- A delicate long-gyi made out of Htameine wool, which ends at the legs when bound at the groin, equipped with inner hook to make binding softer. - Top (ingyi) - either in design or color. Ht Tamein, or feminine Longgyi, is a colorful, continuous coat bound around the waistline. Generally: - The colors and designs are usually lighter and more complex than those of the males.
- Fabular styles are strips, blossoms and tendrils and a striking wavy design known as ageik. - One can carry it with the pleat either to the right or to the right, although humans from the south of Myanmar usually choose a right pleat. You can recognize the Htamin qualities by the materials (mostly wool or silk) and the stitching.
A good machine-embroidered htamin, which should range between K10,000 and K30,000, is nothing against. But the most décadent forms of sport are the elaborately hand-embroidered Akeik shafts, some even with genuine golden cloths. This can take up to 2,000 US$ for a few month, Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw said.
While some colors and designs are representative of certain ethnical groups or geographical areas, you don't have to be from the home of a design to use it. For example, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi often wore Kachin Styl Ht Tamein (possibly because the best wool comes from Kachin, Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw said).
In contrast to the relatively simple masculine gadones, an gadget can be as colorful and costly (and as expensive) as htamenein, with lavish embroideries, adornments and even beads, gems and artificial cathedrals sutured in. It' ok (but not necessary) to carry an imgyi with an equal design as the htamenein (which makes them look like one and the same piece).
The Ingyis have a large number of different genyi-stiles, but they often come in three very coarse categories: - Yin si, the knobs directly on the upper body of the cut. There are three general lengths: kchar to (shortest), kchar tins and kchar shays (longest). - and Khar ends exactly at the waistline.
Although it is the highest incision, it is regarded as the "most ladylike", because it gives the woman a small amount of freedom of movement to prevent the exposure of naked hide. - Hair of medium length pewter ends at the thighs. - khar shari ends below the hip and allows a high movement rate.
It is best suitable for manual labor and the occasional community. Make sure that the wrinkle of your igyi matches the wrinkle of your htameen. As a rule, there is no such thing as the bad way to carry Pavar, although many folks put it over one or both of your arms or over one of your arms ("royal style").
Shining knobs, small little bell and glittering sequin are favourite accessories to an igyi. The lavish Pan-Kyalthee ("flower button") embellishment is particularly favoured by mobile phones with yarn on top. "Those dresses already have a bunch of colorful things, so folks are wearing a bunch of sparkling things to attract attention," Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw said.
Besides bracelets, collars and usual jewelry, a lady can also use golden and silvery anklets on special events. From a historical point of view, the wearing of pierced ears was very important for Myanmar residents. Complex rituals, in which a young lady would inherit one or two pair of pierced ears that she would have worn all her lifetime, were once custom.
To finish in Myanmar, put a bouquet on your head. It' also seen as improper to use make-up and new clothing while showing respect. Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw believes that the best clothed women in Myanmar are Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She prefers beads and Kachin and Mandalay designs with a subtile and unmistakable look.
"If, say, she is wearing a Kachin design, all stores will all of a sudden be inundated with that Kachin design," said Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw. A lot of Myanmar chicks are wearing a sleeve-less corset under a translucent igyi. This corset was very popular at the beginning of the twentieth Century and is nowadays still in bridal gowns.