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Myanmar's Men and Women Stick to Tradition When Stepping Out

The sartorial choices of Myanmar’s men and women quickly catch the eye of any visitor to this tropical Southeast Asian country. Most girls and women, irrespective of age, adorn their cheeks with a distinctive yellowish-white paste, called thanaka. Boys and men also sometimes apply the cosmetic made from ground bark but they mostly stand out to foreigners for their mode of dress: the longyi, a two meter long cylindrical printed cloth wrapped around the waist. Women also wear longyi in...

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