Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps
The origin of today’s Myanmar men’s outfit

20th Cen.

The origin of today’s Myanmar men’s outfit

There's sometimes a misconception that today's Myanmar men's outfit is a very old one, when it's only less than a hundred years old. It was only in the early 20th century when the traditional paso began to be replaced with the much simpler India-derived longyi and men began to wear English collarless shirts together with a Manchu "Ma Gua" or 馬褂 riding jacket. In this photograph the unidentified men are wearing their paso with variations of the Ma Gua jacket (or taik-pon in Burmese), but only one with an English shirt undernearth. All are wearing English shoes, a practice now almost entirely gone.

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