Fisherman pants

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Thai fisherman pants (Thai: กางเกงเล, RTGSkangkeng le, pronounced [kāːŋ.kēːŋ lēː]; Northern Thai: กางเกงสะดอ, RTGSkangkeng sa do,[1] pronounced [sa.dɔɔ]) are lightweight unisex trousers that are made 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. Excess material is then folded over the knot.[2]

Thai fisherman pants are very similar to the traditional attire of Intha and Shan males, the former of whom live on Inle Lake of Myanmar. They are known in Burmese as shan baung-mi (ရှမ်းဘောင်းဘီ).[3]


Thai fishers at work

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. Traditionally, Thai fisherman pants were adapted from sarongs and were worn by Thai fishermen and farmers. This style of pants suits the tropical climate of Thailand well as they are light and airy, inexpensive to produce, quick drying, secure, and comfortable.[citation needed]

Children's Thai fisherman pants

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.


  1. ^ "กางเกงสะดอ". Thai-language. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  2. ^ "How to Wear Thai Fisherman Pants". Wikihow. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  3. ^ "What are Thai Fisherman Pants? (with pictures)". wiseGEEK. Retrieved 2016-05-21.