Since virtually all the shops here are open-air and merchandise is creatively displayed under canopies and all is visible on passing, I’ve been continuously struck by the diversity, color and design of both traditional Thai costume and the contemporary version of culture.
Here’s some variety, from the formal to the informal. These first set of pics are of formal Thai costume appropriate for special events. All of these were taken in a single shop owned by a young designer/photographer who also had a portfolio of his creations for weddings, etc., each more beautiful than the last. Here’s a sampling:
These ensembles are less formal, but still traditional dress-up:
And slightly less formal:
There’s more ethnic stuff:
And then there’s the wow of everyday:
Then there are these things, which tourists seem to love. But I don’t see Thais wearing them.
You want red? We got red:
And oh, the shoes: