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Rohingya Clothing

Rohingya community showing their traditional clothing in Ireland Photo: The Stateless

By M Rafique

Rohingyas traditionally follow the Indo-Burmese dresses which date back to the origin of Rohingya hundreds of years ago.

Normally, Rohingyas dresses are undistinguishable the way ordinary Burmese dresses. Men wear Bazu (shirt with long sleeves) and Longgi or Doothi (loincloths) covering till ankles. In addition to these, the religious scholars prefer wearing Kurutha, Jubba or Panjabi (long clothes) together with hats with or without turbans. In official or national occasions, Rohingya men sometimes wear Taikpon (collarless jackets) on top of the shirts.

Similarly Rohingya women follow the modest Islamic code of dress. Once reached the state of puberty, Rohingya girls are advised to dress as modest as possible and reflect morality and privacy. When going outdoors, they wear Burkha covering from neck to below ankles and wrists along with Hijab (scarves) covering heads accompanying umbrella regardless of weather. But at home, they wear scarves, long or short sleeved clothes with Thain (loincloths with various patterns of art or flowers). For the prayer purpose, they tend to wear white long-sleeved clothes and big scarves.

In the time of festivals, Rohingya youths try to wear as nice as possible with the blends of t-shirts, polo-shirts, Panjabi (Indo dresses) and jeans. The commonest of all is wearing slippers (Sandal) both men and women alike; lighter, slimmer and smaller for women.