Pa-O Tribe

Pa-o Tribe has originally lived in Myanmar in Shan State, Kayin State and Kayah State was a second largest ethnic group, which is inferior to Shan people in Myanmar. Pa-o people have settled down in Mae Hong Son long time ago. Most Pa-o people have located their home which is built by bamboo or raised-board in high and far forest mountains. The Pa-o made a living by doing agriculture like another ethnic groups; farming, livestock, and plants like rice, corns, beans, and sesame. Mostly, Pa-o people were highly respectable in Buddhism along with ghost rituals. Because of long living and close relating with Shan people in Shan State, Myanmar, Pa-o people have a lot of cultural traditions as same as Shan people. However, Pa-o people have their own unique in language accent and dress code. The Pa-o's dress code was a handmade cotton fabric clothes. It is a cotton dyed in black by using Diospyros mollis Griff. The weaving was the same method as Karen's. In other words, the women stretched their legs during weaving by the use of back strap loom, not ordinary loom. The men dress code was similar to Shan people. They wore jogger style pants, ringer T-shirt with tube-shaped sleeve that has open chest and Chinese knot buttons. For dress code of women, they wore black long sarong and short sleeve V-neck T-shirts which is the same as Karen's shirts. The outer clothes was long sleeve with cropped tank top, open-chest, and mandarin collar. Also, there were red striped along the legs bound the shins like Lahu women. The accessories were silver bracelets and necklaces, together with colorful fabric turbans. When the rituals, traditions, or festivals were held, every Pa-o people will dress their own ethnic dress code. The Pa-o will be united in action and spirit to achieve their rituals and traditions. The simple way of life, hospitality, traditions, and rituals that is superb and unchangeable, are very attractive to tourists to come and visit the Pa-o village.


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