The Asian culture, wide different from ours, is very rich, with many awesome elements and aspects we love to discover. We feel curiosity each time we see an Asian person performing one of their rituals or using their traditional clothes, we find it out fascinating and the unknown is equal to mysterious.
Each culture in the world has its own fashion parameters, even if there are a tow truck near me, and they have developed a clothing style of their own that has been used for centuries, clothing styles adapted to the needs and materials available in each region and/or country, but since western civilization started the contact with eastern world, globalization began.
Nowadays, Asians use western clothes almost all the time, but people still wearing their traditional clothes in special occasions, events and traditional and religious rites, some places like the most strict Muslim countries, women use traditional garbs called hijab.
Many places of this region has similar customs regarding clothes, they mostly use clothes made of cotton and light garbs for common occasions and silk and very bright and decorated clothes for special moments, they use varied forms of sarong, some places like Brunei, which is an Islamic country, are strict with women’s clothes, but even if they must cover all their bodies and head, they use bright and rich colors in occasions like weddings for example.
In Cambodia they used a kind of pants named sampot, which have variations, a blouse called Av Dai Puon, and the traditional Khmer scarf. In Laos they use a long skirt named sinh, a long and narrow piece of silk named pha biang, and a blouse called suea pat. In Malaysia they use a tunic and trousers called Baju melayu and a kind of sarong named sampin. In Philippines they use Barong Tagalog. Vietnamese national costume is the Áo dài. In Thailand the women’s national costume is named the Chakri. It is made up of Thai silk, and men’s national costume is known as sue phraratchatan.
In Japan people uses kimonos for traditional occasions such as rites and festivals, they also use it when practice martials arts like karate, and in western countries, everyone who practice that style of martial art must use a kimono. Cheongsham is the most popular traditional costume in China, it is a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for women. It is known in as the qípáo in Mandarin Chinese, changshan is the male equivalent of the women’s cheongsam, it is also known as a changpao.
Hanbok (South Korea) or Chosŏn-ot (North Korea) is the traditional Korean dress. It is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines. A deel is an item of traditional clothing commonly worn since centuries ago among the Mongols. Shalwar kameez and Sari are traditional clothing for Indian women. It is a 6-meter cloth that is wrapped to form a skirt and draped over the shoulder, Dhoti Kurta is for men.