Myanmar Traditional AttireTraditional Myanmar Clothing
Longyi: Myanmar's traditional clothing
In the countless civilizations of the globe, there are no universally applicable standards for clothing, styles and standards. It is common in other parts of the hemisphere for men and girls to wear scarves or tunics. Myanmar's rock, in this case named lunggyi, is used by both sexes as daily wear.
Since the southern India migrants brought the longyis to Myanmar in the nineteenth centuary, this sarong-like scarf pipe - carried floor-length and wound around the waistline - has been the traditional way of dressing for many Myanmarans. Though both men and woman are wearing Longyis, the range of designs and colors and the way the Longyis are carried varies widely between the sexes.
In formal terms the longgyi is known by men as passion and by females as hetamein. In daily use and for both sexes, however, it is just described as longgyi. Strips, check, checks as well as basic pure longys are the standard. Men wear the Longgyi by tightly drawing the cloth against their back and making a pleat on both sides, then putting the pleats together at the waistline just below their umbilicus and making a lump in front of them.
The men are wearing the Longgyi with a Western-style shirts. The men just collect the lower part of the paasso for exercise instead of turning into pants or pants, reach it between their feet and put the collected materials in the thigh. Woman's lunggies are often brighter in color and patterns.
It' s not unusual for a woman to wear light, multicoloured tameins in bicolour, agik (a traditionally interwoven zig-zag print), strips and flowers. There is a ribbon at the hip, named httet hint, indicating which side of the htamenein is at the top. You can wear the htamenein by either pull the entire cloth forward or to one side, fold the surplus cloth and then insert the end on one side or the other of the waistline.
The waisted, sometimes fitting shirt, which is only trimmed up to the waist, goes with the htamen. Both men and woman wears their best silken Longyi at ceremonials and events. While men are wearing official coats and turban, females are wearing a fitting, tailor-made top that is often combined with stylish thongs. Both men and men carry their Longyi to protect their body in open swimming areas.
They are wrapped around women's upper bodies like a handcuff. After the bath the wives switch without taking off their hetamein. Either they put a clean tamein over their heads or they kick it in and lift it up, then they let the old one fall to the ground. In Myanmar's tropic climates, the Longgyi could not be more casual and comfy.
Frequently made of satin, a cloth that keeps the temperatures well regulated, Longys keeps the warmth in colder weathers and lets the warmth flow on warm summer nights. To go to the bath means to lift some stuff easily, and the wash and iron is thanks to the light weave and plain cylindrically shaped shape of the Longys.
Bongyi is a great memento or present for your trip to Myanmar. Featuring a wide variety of colours and designs, as well as a selection of common and unusual silks, you'll find long-gyis for everyone on your collection. You can even choose the bogyoke silks yourself at the famous Bogyoke Market in Yangon and have your own personal longji made!