Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ancient Burmese Hairstyles


These are ancient Burmese hairstyles. I wonder what they used back in those days to make the hair stay up.

Last month, I was invited by some friends to watch a Thai lakorn (Thai drama), named  "Kasatriya"(Thai: กษัตริยา, Sanskrit: क्षत्रिय; kṣatriya).

The lakorn takes us back to the 1500s. It's about the Burmese king, Bayinnaung who conquers most lands in Southeast Asia, including Autthaya (Siam), Lan Xang (present day Laos), Lanna (Northern Thailand today), Shan kingdoms (Shan state, Myanmar today) and many more. Eventually, Naresuan, a Siamese prince raised in Pegu liberates Siam and other lands after the death of the Burmese king.

Here's a picture of one of the Burmese princesses wearing one of the ancient hairstyles.
PS I really wish there was an English sub for the lakorn.
[Images:
Myanmar Cultures: Ancient Myanmar Hair Styles, กษัตริยา ep.8 3/6]