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Pa'O - Kalaw market

(Pa'O, also known as Taungthu, Black Karen, Pa-U, Pa Oh.)

The Pa'O language is a member of the large Sino-Tibetan group of languages via the Tibeto-Burman branch of the language tree. Within the Tibeto-Burman branch Pa'O is one of the twenty Karenic languages.. The Pa'O are the second most numerous ethnic group in the Shan State of Myanmar (Burma) after the Shans themselves. Some 600,000 Pa'O live in the southwest of Shan State from the slopes of the mountains near Kalaw up to Thaton region at the foothills of the Bago Yoma ranges. The Pa O are mainly engaged in cultivating tangerines, coffee and their main cash crop, the thanapet leaf from cordia trees and which is used for rolling Burma's traditional cigar, the cheroot. They are known as traders and Budhists. Pa'O may be seen in two photogalleries - this one of them gathered at the five-day rotating market in Kalaw, Shan State and another of the Pa'O around Lake Inle, Shan State at the large five-day rotating market at Nampan, the floating market at Ywama and at the Phaung Daw U pagoda.

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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to 43K Jpeg 9809H30e  Pa'O woman selling her produce in Kalaw Market
to 27 K Jpeg 9809H15 Pa'O woman sitting by her produce in Kalaw Market, Shan State. Note her turban tied from a woven scarf bought in the market and her Shan bag in her lap. She is wearing a short jacket, with long sleeves over her shift blouse which has a trim of embroidery in the 'V' of the neck and it is possible to see an echoing embroidery in the side seam of her blouse to the left of the photograph. The jacket has machine stitched detail around the piecing.
to Jpeg 23K 9809J07 Pa'O woman at Kalaw Market, Shan State showing her short jacket over her lose blouse with coloured stitch detail down the back seam. The blouse is worn over a calf length plain longyiNote her woven (from the market) head scarf and Shan bag over her shoulder. Baskets similar to the one on her back were being sold by a Pa'O woman who had carried them into the market balanced on her head.
to 29K Jpeg 9809I07 Pa'O woman at Kalaw market, Shan State, with a typical Shan bag over her shoulder and a green striped one on her head carrying her supplies
to 46K Jpeg 9809H17 Pa'O woman carrying her baskets for sale into Kalaw 5-day market, Shan State. Note her black serge three-layers of clothing - short jacket over aloose blouse (note the blue and red over-sewn embroidery on the side seam) with both worn over a calve length longyi. She has a finely woven basket on her back.
to 35K Jpeg 9809H33 Pa'O woman walking through Kalaw 5-day market, Shan State. This was the only Pa'O woman that I saw wearing leggings under her longyi. Also note the embroidered seam down the back of her blouse showing beneath her short jacket.
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to 31K Jpeg 9809I25 Pa'O man walking through Kalaw 5-day market showing his loose trousers, Shan style jacket and towelling turban
to 27K Jpeg 9809I18 Pa'O market trader in the Kalaw 5-day rotating market puffing on her cheroot.
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to 31K Jpeg 9809I19 Pa'O market trader with her various small amounts of produce for sale at the Kalaw 5-day rotating market, Shan State.
to 22K Jpeg 9809I24 Pa'O market trader in Kalaw 5-day rotating market re-tying her head covering - a length of white cotton cloth. Note the cut of her jacket over her loose blouse over her longyi.
to 26K Jpeg 9809H32 Pa'O market trader counting her money at the Kalaw 5-day rotating market, Shan State.
to 19K Jpeg 9809M34 Pa'O woman having a cup of tea in the 5-day rotating market in Kalaw, Shan State. The decoration on the seaming of her jacket and blouse shows up well.
to 26K Jpeg 9809K01 Pa'O woman striding through the 5-day rotating market in Kalaw, Shan State. Her garments of black serge short, long-sleeved jacket with selvedge woven trim inset down the opening of the jacket, loose blouse with embroidered trim along the seams and calf length longyi are set off by the plaid scarf wound around her head and her striped bag
to 28K Jpeg 9809K02 Pa'O woman striding through the 5-day rotating market in Kalaw, Shan State. Her garments of black serge short, long-sleeved jacket with selvedge woven trim inset down the centre-back of the jacket, loose blouse with embroidered trim along the seams and calf length longyi are set off by the plaid scarf wound around her head and her striped bag
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for more Pa'O go to Pa'O - Lake Inle
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