Pa-o Tribe 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 settled down in Mae Hong Son a long time ago. Most Pa-o people have located their homes which are built by bamboo or raised-board in high and far forest mountains. The Pa-o made a living by doing agriculture like other ethnic groups; farming, livestock, and plants like rice, corn, 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 language accent and dress code. The Pa-o’s dress code is handmade cotton fabric clothes. It is a cotton dyed 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 a back strap loom, not an ordinary loom. The men’s dress code was similar to Shan people’s. They wore jogger style pants, a ringer T-shirt with a tube-shaped sleeve that had an open chest and Chinese knot buttons. For the 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 a 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 rituals, traditions, or festivals were held, every Pa-o people would dress according to 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 are superb and unchangeable, are very attractive to tourists to come and visit the Pa-o village.

Pa-o Tribe
Pa-o Tribe
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