Men and women in Myanmar wear the longyi, a tubular cloth that can be tied in many ways. Once you’ve mastered the art, you will realise how comfortable and practical a garment the longyi is, especially in the heat. Women complete the look with yellow thanaka paste, made from the bark of a tree and serving as sunblock as well as facial adornment; you’ll see everything from stripes to pretty leaf designs. Complete the transformation by learning the local greeting, ‘Mingalaba’, and you’ll be greeted with beaming smiles.
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