HISTORY of Thai Fisherman Pants

Fishermen in Thailand and the Andaman Sea wore sarong, a piece of fabric that is wrapped around the waist. As the climate is very warm all year round, the sarong is a comfortable outfit for fishermen while fishing.


Finding a catch is a physically demanding job and sarongs aren’t secure enough. So, fishermen started tying up the waist with a rope to prevent the sarong from slipping off their waist.


However, the sarong - a skirt-style outfit- offered limited mobility while working on a slippery deck of rocking fishing boats. Hence, a flexible type of sarong was devised, giving it the form of pants with legs and crotch.


Hence, Thai Fisherman Pants are a pant-style sarong with a low crotch and wide legs and a rope attached to it. They were invented to ensure the airy comfort of the sarong to fishermen in warm, tropical waters.


Thai Fisherman Pants are quite similar to the traditional attire of Intha males. They are called Shan baun-mi in Burmese and reside on the Inle Lake of Myanmar.