Thai fisherman pants

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Thai fisherman pants (Thai: กางเกงเล, RTGSkangkeng le, pronounced [kāːŋ.kēːŋ lēː]; Northern Thai: สะดอ, pronounced [sa.dɔɔ]) are lightweight unisex trousers that are made very wide in the waist so that one size fits all. The pants are wrapped around the waist and ribbons are tied to form a belt. The excess material is then folded over the knot.[1] Although traditionally used by fishermen in Thailand, they have become popular among others for casual, beach, and exercise wear as well as for backpacking and pregnancy.

Thai fishermen do in reality wear this style of pants. They are also increasingly common among many men and women of all nationalities. This style of trousers is usually made of cotton or rayon but is also now widely available in a variety of styles and fabrics, such as hemp, bamboo, or linen.

Thai fisherman pants are very similar to the traditional attire of Intha males, who live on Inle Lake of Myanmar. They are known in Burmese as Shan baun-mi.[2]


Thai fishermen in boats

Traditionally, Thai Wrap Fisherman pants were adapted from Sarongs and were worn by Thai fisherman, (hence the name), and farmers. This style of pants suit the tropical climate of Thailand very well because they are light and airy, inexpensive to produce, quick drying, secure and comfortable.

Other benefits of Thai wrap fisherman pants are that they are a true one-size, unisex, garment that is fitted to the wearer each time they are put on, they also allow completely free movement which makes them perfect for many activities including Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, Martial Arts, Thai & Other Massage, Beach Pants, Maternity & Postpartum clothing.

Today, for the above reasons, Thai wrap pants have caught on worldwide, and wherever you live it is likely that you can find this type of wrap pants online. Generally the most authentic and least expensive are purchased directly from Thailand, and there are several vendors in Thailand that ship very good quality pants internationally.

Thai pants are great pants for children and adults in 3/4 capri length, or full length, also popular for the larger persons they can be supplied extra large, (jumbo) size.

Childrens Thai Wrap Fisherman Pants


  1. ^ "How to Wear Thai Fisherman Pants". wikihow. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  2. ^ "What are Thai Fisherman Pants? (with pictures)". wiseGEEK. Retrieved 2016-05-21.