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Traditional Styles of Dressing in Lanna Kingdom

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Evidence that the Thai people started loincloth in the Chiang Saen period. Appear to have seen the mural at Wat Muang Nan Pomintrs. Chiang San Kingdom is the Origin of Lanna in 17th Century B.E.(12th Century A.D.).


Evidence that the Thai people started loincloth in the Chiang Saen period. Appear to have seen the mural at Wat Muang Nan Pomintrs. Chiang San Kingdom is the Origin of Lanna in 17th Century B.E.(12th Century A.D.). Lanna culture could pass through generations toward centuries through beautiful of art and life style. (Ref. The famous Wall Painting at Phumin Temple in Nan, the Eastern edge of Lanna Kingdom, in 18th Century).

In the past, women, similar to men, did not usually cover their upper body. However, on various occasions, and when it was cold, they wore a narrow strip of cloth in a number of different styles. The cloth was always light coloured, and was sometimes wrapped around the breasts, and sometimes put around the neck with the ends hanging behind. The piece of rectangular cloth wrapped like a tube to cover their lower body and legs was known as “sinh”.

There are two techniques for wearing the rectangular cloth as a skirt. One is to wrap the cloth from the left side to the right side, and fasten the end of the cloth to the waist. The other is to wrap both left and right sides into the middle, then roll the end of the cloth at the waist and fasten it with a silver belt.

The dress of female villagers in the past, usually keeping the upper body naked with a long piece of cloth for covering the body when needed. Mural painting on the southern door of Wat Phumin’s Vihara, Nan Province, showing elaborate designs on the female’s tube-like skirt.

When it became fashionable for women to cover their upper bodies, different kinds of blouses began to be worn. It is thought that the custom of wearing blouses began at the end of the reign of King Rama V (1900) due to the influence of western fashion. Blouses were made of natural coloured woven cotton cloth.

Princess Dararasmi, King Rama V’s consort, in Lanna hybrid dress adapted to the royal court taste. Her greatest role in the history of Siam and Lanna was playing the pivotal role in the merging of the Lanna Kingdom to be part of Siam, which has since materialised into present-day Thailand. Chiangmai is now the second largest city in Thailand after Bangkok.

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Note from Sukantara: Guests who stay at Sukantara Cascade Resort would have a chance to dress in Lanna style because Lanna loin clothes are provided in room for you.