When asked how I would cope wearing the ubiquitous Myanmar longyi I retorted that it will be easy as my national dress – the kilt has been worn proudly by Scottish blokes since the 16th century.
I wore my longyi this week for the first time. It’s a Scottish themed tartan-ish pattern and everyone (I think) commented on how handsome I looked (taping into my perfect understanding of the Burmese language).
Longyis are worn by men and women all over Myanmar. The male version is usually a cylindrical piece of cloth, wrapped around the waist and held in place with a knot.
Keen to make sure I had it on right, I asked my manager, and friend, Lim to show me how it is worn… I also took a risk management approach, and discreetly wore a hidden belt…just in case!