Nowadays, the globalization has brought about the changes not only in economy, and society but also in culture, especially, theway people dress up.However, to some extent, The Lao people still maintain their traditional costume is used in the festivals. Therefore, traveling to Laos, you will have the chance to contemplate the charming beauty of the Lao people in their traditional clothing. Each gender wears different types of clothing. According to the Lao’s beliefs and values, women are considered as mothers of the nation, so Lao women need to dress up well. They usually wear the scarves, blouses and the silk skirt and coil their hair when they attend important ceremonies. The traditional costumes for women in Laos mostly include a “sinh”, a“blouse” or a“suea pat” and“pha biang”.
“ Lao Sinh” is also called phaa sin, which is a wraparound skirt made up of silk, cotton woven in exquisite motifs as well as delicate embroidery. There are several types and design of “Lao Sinh” worn for a specific event which reflects the culture, social relationships and beliefs among the community and region. The “Sing” typically consists of three components:
- Hua sinh, the head of the sinh, is the waistband part which is typically tucked in and hidden.
- Phuen sinh, the body of the sinh, is the main part of the sinh which generally consists of two colors.
- Tin sinh, the foot of the sinh, is the hem part which is designed with lots of details.
“Suea pat” is a long-sleeved shirt with no buttons. To wear the shirt properly, the Lao need to wrap the right side of the front panel of the shirt over the left side of the front panel and tie two panels together by strings.
“Pha Biang” is shawl-like garment, or silk breast breast cloth which can be used by both female and male. It is also well known as a long piece of silk, about a foot wide, draped diagonally around the chest cover one shoulder which its end drops behind the back.
Meanwhile, Lao men put on salong-big large pants or the peasant pants, with a shirt, optional knee-length white socks and a pha biangwhen they attend important ceremonies.
In Laos, most women are good at weaving. The grandmas, mothers teach their nieces and daughters how to weave since they are at their young ages.
In the past, Lao women and men dressed the same styles of pants and shirts made by textiles with no colors or any decoration wares.Women coiled hair down to both sides to the back and worn earrings.
Besides, in Laos, there are many hill tribes which have their own traditional clothing, particularly the Hmong’ one. The Black Hmong dress deep indigo dyed hemp clothing that includes a jacket with embroidered sleeves, sash, apron, and leg wraps. The flower Hmong stand out from the others with the gorgeously complementary of colors which are popularly bright. They typically wear beaded fringe trim along the shoulder and chest or head wraps of colorful tartan.
All in all, travel to Laos is a good idea for visitors who want to seek for beautiful clothes.