Ahh, the status symbol that is the sinh, and how someone spends a fortune on these doesn’t need further elaborating. Whether at work, weddings, special events –Lao ladies will always strut their best Lao skirts yet. Some are expensive, some are surprisingly affordable, depending on the look and where and how it was made. Designs, colors, and patterns vary for every occasion and setting, but one thing is for sure…everyone is going to look. 😉
I bought two new skirts made in Xamneua, Houaphan. Quite expensive, yes,but they are beautiful.
As of today, I own twenty-three Lao skirts. I am not planning to buy anymore just cos my luggage is throwing up clothes and then I would have to pay for the excess weight and that ain’t good. So while I scheme on how I can bring my Lao skirts home intact, just admire how intricate and how lovely these skirts are made. Take note, they are uniquely designed, so the skirt that you’re going to invest on is most prolly the only design there is available. Lucky you, huh?
So once you see it, buy it. I saw this gorgeous deep purple skirt with gold-ish pattern and I decided I would buy it once I get the chance cos I didn’t bring money then–it was already gone when I came back. That happened twice.
These skirts are believed to look good on ladies with narrow waists and proportional hip sizes. Most girls here are only half of my size, uhh okay, almost half, so at first I got a little insecure. But I did get compliments when wearing these, they told me I looked nice and that I looked Lao (yes, that is a compliment!!) so I became more and more confident. However, a year here can leave everyone bored…I’m afraid I’m looking even more generic that’s why I’m going to have to mix it up a little.
Take note that you don’t buy it as a skirt already; you get the fabric plus the pattern then you go to your favorite seamstress to have it made into a Lao skirt, a regular skirt (A-line or pencil) or a dress, have it shortened or retain its length…any look you want, actually.
But I suggest, get one and have it made in Laos, keep it as authentic as possible and I’m telling you, people will notice. 🙂
I will upload the whole “collection” soon. If you want a Lao skirt, you can also leave a comment below!