Lanna Dress & Fashion

Just as a Scots have their kilts, and the Japanese have there kimono, so do the Lanna have their Moh-hom. The Moh-hom is the dark blue button-up shirt associated with ancient Northern farmers. For girls, it is a long sleeve blouse, while for guys it is a short sleeve buttom up. Girls wear the Moh-hom with a matching skirt called a Pha Zin, while the male’s high water slacks are known as “Sador”.

Though moh-hom was traditionally the laborers’ outfit, it is now worn during traditional events such as parades and festivals, while government officials and workers tend to wear a Moh-hom on a frequent basis.

Mor-Hom were traditionally cotton spun garbs, which were dyed in a large pot called a “Mor”, using die from a “Hom” tree, hence the name. Though farmers of the past wore them or at least something similar, Mor Hom did not become heavily popular as a fashion trend in the north until the 1950s when Lao migrant workers in the forestry department of Phrae province made their style popular and distinct in the region.

In Northern Thailand today, you can find an eclectic fashion of traditional clothing being sported, from the plain classic look of the Mor-Hom, to fine silk spun dresses and shirts with colorful ornaments and designs, showcasing authentic and traditional art and beauty, which are not only visually appealing, but make for lovely and affordable gifts for friends and family back home.