The following are closer views of Sgaw tunics, showing woven ormament, embroidery and seedwork.
The following are some Sgaw wrapskirts. Many feature an ikat 'python skin' design in the center.
Sgaw New Years Song. It is definitely been degraded by pop music influence.
Kayan young people dancing. The music isnt too bad.
A better view of modern style costumes.
The white skirt for which this group is named is often no longer worn.
Hmong Procession in Myanmar
Hmong New Year celebration in Myanmar
The Mien are the westernmost members of the Yao People. Again, they form part of the same group which is found in Laos and Thailand. The Mien also have much embroidery on their costumes, especially on the womens' pants. I have written about the Mien here. https://folkcostume.blogspot.com/2017/12/introduction-to-costumes-of_15.html
This group of peoples is originally native to Yunnan, but have spread south and west into other countries. There are many such small peoples, but two are counted among the hill tribes of eastern Shan State.
The Lahu are found in Yunnan, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand as well as eastern Shan State.They are known for silver ornaments as well as patchwork and applique on their clothing. There are two distinct groups of Lahu in Burma, each of which have subgroups. I have written about them here. https://folkcostume.blogspot.com/2019/09/overview-of-costumes-of-lesser-known_22.html
Black Lahu or Lahu Na
Lahu Sheh Leh - another branch of the Black Lahu
Red Lahu or Lahu Nyi
A video of a Lahu song. They keep returning to shots of 5 young couples dancing in Shan, Bamar, Lahu, Lisu and Akha costumes. The people in the meeting house are in Lahu outfits. I dont get why the golf and pickups are there.
A visit to a Lahu Shi village in Myanmar, showing in part some traditional music and dance. Also showing off traditional costume of this subgroup.
The Akha are another Loloish speaking group that originated in Yunnan. They are found in Shan State, Yunnan, Northern Laos and Thailand. They have a particular devotion to their traditions, called 'The Akha Way'. Their costumes are rich in ornament, especially the traditional womens' headdresses. They are made up of several groups. I have written more about Akha costumes here.https://folkcostume.blogspot.com/2019/10/overview-of-costumes-of-lesser-known.html
Akha girls dancing on stage
Akha music video. The shots keep jumping between three different schlocky stage costumes and really beautiful traditional Akha costume of a different group than the first video.
It looks like I will have to have a part three to this article.
Thank you for reading, I hope that you have found this to be interesting and informative.
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