This linen blouse decorated with openwork embroidery I bought a few years ago in Thailand. Though the fit of the blouse was not perfect I liked its embroidered lacy details so much that couldn't resist to buy it. I think it is a perfect pair for this lacy skirt in green.
Yet another wide legged pants (my skirt-trousers you can see here). They are of light soft fabric and it makes them comfy and not bulky on the figure. I like as well their not boring print - numerous small polka dot. Mostly I wear the pants with this simple white shirt.
photo courtesy Hakbong Kwon
My today's ethnic post will be about traditional costume of the Akha people. The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe that live in villages in the mountains of southwest China, eastern Myanmar, western Laos, northwestern Vietnam, and northern Thailand. In all these countries they are an ethnic minority. The population of the Akha today is roughly 400,000.
The basic costume of an Akha woman consists of a headdress, a jacket, a short skirt, a sash with decorated ends and ornate leggings. The clothes are spun by hand, weaved together, and dyed indigo by the Akha women. The back and the sleeves of the jacket are embellished with embroidery, satin stitches of bright colours, seeds, silver buttons, coins, beads, shells or tassels depending on the sub-group of Akha.
Lehenga-choli-dupatta is ( in my opinion) the most beautiful Indian party anssemble worn on special occasions. Saying in plain English it is a set of a long skirt, a fitted blouse and a shawl. The fabrics used to made such sets are usually silk, brocade, heavy satin and chiffon which are further decorated with metal (sometimes silver or gold) thread embroidery, sequins or stones. On Saturday we were invited to a wedding party that took place in a rather posh place. So I figured my lehenga-choli outfit would be the right choice for the party. It is of black chiffon and the skirt is richly embellished with embroidery and stones which makes it pretty heavy. Wearing this outfit I really feel like an Indian maharani.
These two tunics are like twin sisters: they are very similar but different at the same time. They are made of the same type of fabric and they have the same simple design. The only thing that differs them is the print. I had one of those silly (and luckily rare) moments when I couldn't decide which tunic's print I liked better, so I bought them both.