The Traditional Costume of the Myanmar

The traditional costumes for men and women in Myanmar are named Longchy and Thummy respectively. Traditionally, each country, each nati...

The traditional costumes for men and women in Myanmar are named Longchy and Thummy respectively.

Traditionally, each country, each nation is featured by a traditional costume which expresses its own culture, habits and lifestyle. Myanmar people also own traditional outfits that define its distinctive characteristics of culture and personality. Let's explore how traditional costumes reflect their special culture.

The traditional costumes of Myanmar consist of two sets, one for men and one for women. They named men’s costume Longchy (a sewing pants and tight pants) combined perfectly with the shirt or Jacket called Taipon (traditional clothes).

The traditional clothes for women is called Thummy which is similar to Laos or Thailand’s dress. Generally, men will wear dark colored checkerboard Longchy while women wear colorful Thummy with different patterns and textures. The lenghth of Longchy and Thummy is 2 meters. It takes less than 5 seconds to wrap the cloth around the hip (they wear it instead of pants and skirts). Interestingly, men’s dress is strapless and tied with a simple handling, so they have to adjust their dress when moving frequently and quickly. More interestingly, if it’s nessessary, Longchy and Thummy will be pulled up into the raincoats, sun protective shirt, or even the strong and stable hat that enables women to carry things (fruits, rice bags, food) on their head. Additionally, they will wear “flip-flops) when wearing traditional costumes.



In contrast with countries where people only wear traditional costumes on special occasions and national festivals, the Burmese wear Longchy and Thummy everyday. It is mainly because these two sets of traditional clothes are very comfortable amid such hot weather all year round.

It is interesting that Myanmar people are not “sophisticated” in the way of dressing. In addition, women rarely do make up, except for special events. If any, they only use Thanakha sun powder. Thanakha powder is made from Thanakha's trunk which is as big as an adult’s arms and cut into pieces of 10 centimeters long. Then, they grind them on the waterproof stone and put that powder on their cheek. According to Myanmar women, this is the most powerful powder for sun protection, makeup and skin care all day and night. Applying Thanakha powder on your face, you certainly feel cool and pleasant. Moreover, they always keep the smile on their face, creating strong impression on visitors.



The charming smile of young women, in particular, and the friendliness and hospitability of people, in general, have greatly attributed to making this country famous with visitors, becoming an amazing tourist attraction. Visiting Myanmar, dressing up their traditional costume and talking to the locals, you definitely love the way they treat you.


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