There are different ways to get into a culture: connecting with the people, learning about their customs, eating their food, and not last, trying their traditional clothes. I was fascinated by the bright colors and smiles of Asian women wearing traditional costumes, and I felt how much they respect and assume their customs and identity.
Vishakapatnam – India
Varanasi – India
Showing admiration and interest in their clothes and customs helped me to connect better with people I’ve met during my travels and gave me the opportunity to wear their clothes as well. That’s why I’ll present to you some beautiful costumes I had seen on other women or I had the chance to wear in Asia.
Paksan – Laos
India is recognized for its beautiful Saris as traditional clothes, described as a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine meters in length, that is draped over the body in various styles. Even if they have different names in some regions, Saris represent a common piece of traditional clothes, that brings all the parts of India together.
Panipat – India
Khonda Tribe – Odisha, India
Another beautiful Indian piece of clothing includes the “churidaar” and “kurta” ensemble which is also popular in Southern India. Kurta is really comfortable to wear in Asia firstly because of the weather conditions and secondly because it’s a good way to blend yourself into the crown without attracting too much attention to yourself.
Taj Mahal – India
One of the beautiful traditional fashion experiences I had in Asia was the opportunity to wear the Korean Hanbok. Although the term literally means “Korean clothing”, today “hanbok” usually refers specifically to clothing worn during the Joseon dynasty period, being used at traditional ceremonies, festivals, and celebrations with respect for the past.
In Laos, I’ve been captivated by its elegant traditional costume including the “sinh”, a traditional tube skirt made of silk, and the “suea pat”, a long-sleeved shirt. In rural areas, Lao women wear simple sinh with little decorations in their daily life because it’s easier for them to work in the field or do some daily activities. The Lao traditional suit it’s quite simple but with a note of elegance.
Thakhek – Laos
Packsan – Laos
In Myanmar, I traveled to Kayah State and I’ve learned more about Kayan customs and traditions. One big part of Kayan Women’s identity consists of wearing neck rings, brass coils that are placed around the neck, appearing to lengthen it. I tried their custom with the neck ring and it was a beautiful but challenging experience.
Loikaw – Myanmar
The Myanmar traditional costume for women is quite similar to the Laotian one, being called “Thummy”. The traditional costumes of Burma are considered as a symbol expresses clearly the unique culture and national spirit of this country, that’s why the traditional clothes are worn for special occasions.
Between Kalaw and Inle Lake – Myanmar
Clothing in Myanmar has variating in the last years especially because of tourism development. Now you could buy new clothes with some traditional notes in many shops, as my outfit bought in Bagan.
New Bagan – Myanmar
In conclusion, clothing represents an important part of our culture, being able to see so many women wearing their traditional clothes and having the chance to trying them makes me feel privileged and grateful for this wonderfully diverse world.