Myanmar’s mixed messages

“Just jump in any taxi and I’ll tell you what you’re going to see,” says John Lwin, the flamboyant founder of Star Event Production, a local company that has become something of a one-stop-shop for Myanmar’s fledgling fashion industry. “You’ll see a monk in a traditional orange tunic, teenagers wearing jeans, kids playing football wearing […]

Myanmar’s Traditional Fashion Choices Endure

YANGON— 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 […]