Karen people originally came from Tibet before moving into China and entered to Burma around Salween River. Later,they had conflict againt he administrators of Burma, then a lot of them moved into Thailand. Their dressing style appeared distinctly as an indentity of them is the clothes of Karen women. They are in the clothes weaved by thenselves with the red-white stripe across the body and wrap a pice of several-color cloth aroud their head. The Karen virgin is in white clothes. Mostly Karen people wear necklace made from natural materials such as bean, job’s tears, etc.
Lahu Shi Bala or Yellow Mu Sir originated in the area near Tibet before moving into the south of Yunnan. At present, they are found in chiangtung, Chan state of Mynmar and into Thailand. Their language is categorized in a kind of Chiness-Tibet language. Their dressing appeared obviously in their identity is black suit laced with colorful patterns and inserted with big metal earring. The head of their men is wrapped around by red piece of cloth.Lahu Shi Bala people mostly wear silverwares.
Palong, or “Dala-Ang” as they call themseives, is a minority or tribe who migrated from Myanmar to Thailand in approximately 1984. The Palong costume designs posses a clear tribal Uniqueness;female costume is a colorful high-hem shirt with front line of buttoms, the headdress is the wearing of the carved or lacquered rattan loops, smaller dyed rattan loops, and a couple of engraved silver-Iike metal loops on their hips.The Palong refer to these loops as “Nong Wong”
Hmong originated in Mongolia. To avoid the coldness, they migrated south via China into Vietnam,Lao and Thailand. Their dressing appeared obviously as an identity is dressing in black suit decorated with colorful lace cloth. Their women wear skirt having lenght in the level of their knee. Their men wear trousers with semi-full legs having the wide upper part and narrow lower part. Hmong people mostly wear the silverware as decoration.
Kayaw people migrated from Kayah stste in Myanmar. They are a subgroup of Karen tribe.The dresses of their women are as follows; they wear clothes woven by themselves. They wear black skirt with various stripes, wear large metal earrings, and wear ankle bracelets.At their legs, they are decorated with brass in order to enhance the beauty.
Akha or Ekaw “live for inheriting” peoples have their origin in Yunnan.Currently, most of them still settled at there, and then they gradually migrated southwardly for centuries. Those in Thailand migrated from Myanmar. The first Akha village in Thailand is at Baan Hin Taek,which currently is located in the area of the Doi Mae Salong. Akha language is in the Yi (Loloish) branch of the Tibeto-Burman family “Chue Ko” Clothes and ornaments:The Akha peoples use tighty woven cotton dyed in dark blue and black color. They have 3 kinds of dress as follows: “Ulo Akha” They are the one living in Thailand initially. “Lomi Akha” They have just migrated to Thailand lately. “Pamee Akha” This is according to the village’s name in the Myanmar border nearby Mae Sai. Dresses: for women, they wear cap,short-body shirt,short skirt, girdle, and stoking. For men, they wear long-sleeve T-shirt, and fisherman pants.
Yao peoples call themselves “Mien” meaning a man of Song Dynasty in China, often called Yao. The word “Yao” was from the word “Mo Yao” meaning “not under power of anyone”. Yao peoples have their orgin in central region of China, at Chang Jiao River basin and Han Jia basin. Later, they distributed to Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Guizhou, then moved into Thailand about 145 years ago. In Thailand, There is only one group of Yao, that is, Bien Yao or Pan Yao. Yao women have a dress that is outstanding and unique with special cloth turbans in red, blue and black color wrapped over each other for several layers and embroidery at both ends gracefully. They wear a long black coat adorned with red wool strips around the neck and down to the abdomen.They wear blue and black trousers, the front of which is embroidered with fine patten and various colors. They belt for many rounds. They like to have silverwares as ornaments such as earring, necklaces, bracelets, bangles and rings. Yao men like to wear black Chinese trousers, black Chinese shirt buttoned at the neck and armpit along to the waist.