RANGOON — Dozens of female nude paintings are on display in a three-day art exhibition, “S Z II,” at Lokanat art gallery in Rangoon.
“Burmese girls are naturally too shy, whether they are single or not,” she said.
She painted about 15 models and said she prefers to feature heavyset, voluptuous women with obvious curves.
The modern longyi, a single piece of cylindrical cloth, is a relatively recent introduction to Burma, having gained popularity during British colonial rule, effectively replacing the paso and htamein of precolonial times.) and unsewn.
Alternately the htamein was a 4.5 feet (1.4 m) long piece of cloth open at the front to reveal the calves, with a dark strip of cotton or velvet sewn on the upper edge, a patterned sheet of cloth in the middle and a strip of red or white cloth sewn below, trailing on the bottom like a short train.
Similar garments are found in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Malay Archipelago.
In the Indian subcontinent it is known variously as a lungi, longi, kaili or saaram.Hemlines do rise and fall as the fashion of the day dictates although they are unlikely to go up above the knee.Longyis are generally sold unsewn but nowadays they are also available ready to wear; htamains may even be sewn like Western skirts. It is approximately 2 metres (6.6 ft) long and 80 centimetres (2.6 ft) wide. It is also sometimes folded up to the knee for comfort. It is held in place by folding fabric over without a knot.Also at the exhibition, Zun Ei Phyu said most of the paper cuttings required between two days and one week of work.