First off, my apologies for posting so late in the day. I have been busy sweating from my face and just couldn’t find the time to get away.
One of my favorite things about Myanmar is the amazing variety of textiles made in the country. Every state has different techniques and patterns, and some of the patterns are annual, which I really like. There are designs that will be made this year, and this year alone, making the already intricate work even more special. Basically, their traditional textiles are “on fleek.” I’m still not sure what that means. But right now, I am most excited about the fashion designers in Yangon that are leaning into more modern design.
Since the country opened up a few years ago, influence and inspiration has changed on all fronts. A lot of these designers have formal training from the US, the UK or Australia, and have come back to their home country to work and grow. I found a few videos of Myanmar fashion week from the past few years, and it’s easy to see how much things have changed. I can’t wait to see what next year brings, and I hope that designers continue to work like crazy people to get this awesome stuff out there.
If your Burmese is a little bit rusty, “Mingalaba” is how you say “Hello,” and I just taught you everything I know. Skip through the awkward interviews to get to the good stuff. For the 2012 show, skip to the 4:55 mark to catch the Backstreet Boys dance party.
Note: The 2013 show is the best representation of what women traditionally wear. I think it looks like everyone one is a princess, and I’m not totally clear on the governmental systems right now, so they might be.