Traditional Thai clothing serves as both Thailand’s national costume and the dress of Royal endorsement.  The outfits vary in design from region to region but are typically made of vibrant Thai silk and are incredibly intricate.  The costumes are worn in celebration of special occasions in Thailand, such as Songkran Day and Mother’s Day.

Like many girls, I am a big fan of playing dress-up.  When I was asked to don the Thai national costume for a special occasion, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse!

Lady’s traditional Thai clothing is formal and elegant.  Often, the dresses are floor-length and off the shoulder.  The men’s outfits are just as glitzy – in this case, the guys donned dazzling pink pantaloons!

Heavy makeup is a fundamental component of the look.  According to the makeup artist who did my face, the desired look is flawless pale skin, dark eyes and rosy red lips. 

The outfits are finished with lots of bedazzling gold jewellery, including necklace, armband, earrings, belt and usually a crown or headdress.  All in all, getting dressed up in our traditional Thai getup took about two hours and required a small team of people.  However, it was great fun and it was an honour to take part in some traditional Thai festivities. 

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