Now, more and more Asians wear Western clothes. However, they will wear their traditional Asian costumes to attend festivals, weddings, and religious rites.
Kimono, square-cut, is based on Chinese prototype that had been worn since the 3rd century BC. By the 8th century, Japanese adapted the garment according to their purposes. The kimono is elaborate and expensive, with many layers. Japanese wear it to attend ceremonial events like coronations and weddings.
China is a huge and very old country, and its chief garment is Hanfu and Cheongsam. Clothing is very similar to all sex and all classes. The emperor’s clothing may be different from the farmer’s clothing only in its decoration and the quality of the fabric and cutting. Most Chinese garments are closed due to bad weather, and winter clothes can be filled.
India’s modern sari, a piece of material 6 yards long and 45 inches wide, is placed over an ankle-length petticoat and draped. It is worn with a fitted bodice called a choli, which can also be very elaborately embroidered. Sari can be patterned or plain. For more formal occasions, sari gorgeously embroidered with gold and silver thread.
Traditionally, Vietnamese wear the Ao ba ba, or silk pajamas. Ao dai, a long slender dress with long sleeves and a standup collar, is worn by school girls, flight attendants, and hotel staff as a uniform.
Cambodian national dress is sampot, also known as the sarong. The karma, a special Cambodian garment, is a checkered scarf which has been worn since the first century. During the reign of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodians were “black pajama” since they were forbidden to wear bright colors.
South and Central Asia
South and Central Asia people wear Shalwar kameeze. The Shalwar is a pajama-like pant, and the kameez is a long shirt that falls to the middle of the thigh, and cuts under the waistline. The women are also wearing shalwar kameez with dupatta or scarf.
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