Traditional Burmese Longyi – Black & White/Black & Fuchsia (Myanmar (Burma))

Traditional Burmese Longyi – Black & White/Black & Fuchsia (Myanmar (Burma))

35.00
  • From The Chiang Mai Collection
  • 100% handmade by weavers at a small workshop in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma).
  • 100% cotton, handwoven on a bamboo loom.
  • Traditional Rhakine print.
  • Comes in the traditionally unsewn form, which can be wrapped around and worn as a skirt/sarong. Can also be used as beach cover up or blanket, and can be sewn into a more ready-to-wear skirt (email jess@lemondeur.com for tailoring tips).
  • 68” x 38”

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Longyis comprise the ubiquitous cloth skirts worn by both women and men in Myanmar (Burma). Longyis worn by men are called paso while those worn by women are called htamain (or htamein). The patterns for men and women are different, and also vary greatly by region. Similarly, they are tied differently by both women and men. How exactly to tie a man’s longyi remains a total conundrum to me, but I hear there are YouTube videos out there. Tying a woman’s longyi, or htamain, is a little more straight forward: wrap around and tuck in on one side at the hip (well, there is likely much more sophistication to this technique, but that’s the gist of it, as I was shown). You can also have the fabric tailored into a more easily wearable form. Cotton is the basic material for longyis, but they also come in cotton-silk blends and pure silk, which is typically reserved for special occasions.

These longyi come from a Le Mondeur scouting trip to Myanmar (Burma) during the making of this collection. These particular longyi fabrics come directly from a small weaving workshop I visited in a village near Ngapali beach, in the Rhakine State (the portion a foreigner can still visit). This was a totally lovely, unexpected find on what was otherwise supposed to be a few days off at the beach. You can read more about finding these longyi and a truly incredible beach escape in the related Story below.