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Laos Clothing, in its traditional form, consists of dresses original to the Hmong community of Laos. Laos clothing was a symbol of the individuality of the sub-group of Hmong living in Laos. However with time the influence of the outside world has limited the wearing of traditional Laos clothing to special occasions only.
The traditional clothing of Laos is different for men and women. While men's clothing is simpler the clothing of women of Laos is elaborate and decorated with embroidery and designs. The men of Laos wear pants with a shirt and vests. The women wear a sarong like cloth with a shirt or a jacket.
The use of colorful bands worn around the waist by both men and women is a part of Laos clothing. Women also wear large headdresses as a part of the traditional costume of Laos. The modesty of the women's clothing of Laos makes them much more beautiful and charming.
The hand woven clothing of Laos was generally made of hemp. The recent times have seen the use of artificial material in the making of clothing. Various designs and patterns give Laos clothing a wide range of different options to choose from. The myriad colors of Laos clothing range from common colors like black and white to vibrant and bright colors like pink and green and blue.
The Western influence on the people of Laos has also affected the style of clothes they wear. People of Laos have started wearing Western clothing for regular purposes. The traditional Laos clothing has been limited to festive occasions only.