Longyi literally means the linen worn in their own honour.The generally two meters long and 80 cm wide Longyis have cylinder shape.
Both genders in Myanmar wear Longyis folded and tied from the waist down the ankle.
Waistband is included in ladies’ Longyis,more colorful and decorated then men’s wear. Sometimes, they are worn, shortened up to theknee, in relaxed manners.
Despite a variety of names Kyle or Sarong or Longyi, samiliar wears can be found in India,Bangladesh,Sri Lanka, Malaysian Pennisula and Juiz de Fora as well.
Once the blue blood wore silk Longyis decorated with gems and pearls which an now be only found on the stage of Myanmar historical drama.
There is a variety of Longyis worn by more then a hundred ethnics.
Longyis loomed in Rakhine,Mon,Kachin,Inlay and Yaw Longyis are famous.Bangkok,Chaingmai and India Longyis are also imported.
Most silk Longyis are stereotypically called Bangkok Longyis. India Pasoes can be found commonly on teashop owners of Indian blook in Myanmar.India Longyis have good reputation of its quality in Myanmar.
Longyis are very suitable for hot climate in the region.Silk Longyis warm the wearer in the unkind winter and cool in the summer under scorching sun.Specific name for men’s Longyi is Pasoe and for ladies’ is Htamin while the work Longyi is used generally.
Once upon a time,Pasoes are called as Taungshe which means they have the length about 20 feet.Taungshe is not very common in this age.But you may only find Myanmar men of ancient times in pictures in Taunghse.Pasoe and htami have different ways to wear on.Men’s wear has the knot of two ends on the navel while women’s wear is neat roll and fold ended beside the waist.
Wearing Longyis could guarantee both dignity and comfort in Myanmar,making it the most loved costume in the country.