There, they are a phenomenon worn by a close to majority of vacationers in the course of the day, when they’re offered on the perimeters of the road for as little as 150 baht every (US$four.90) every.
Shopkeeper Sawat Daengurai stated he has been promoting garments on Khaosan highway for a few decade, nevertheless. Gross sales solely began choosing up when he started to promote the elephant pants round three years in the past, the German Information Company, dpa, reported.
Marissa Arranz, 50, from Spain stated she has been to Thailand thrice and has by no means failed to purchase a pair on every go to. “They’re actually snug to put on. They really feel so recent,” she stated.
The wild patterns on the trousers resemble the designs of stitches that may be present in attire made by hill tribe villagers. However the elephants that intersect the patterns mark the trousers with a distinguished Thai id.
Elephants are the official nationwide animal for Thailand and are deeply rooted in its tradition and literature. The animal as soon as featured prominently on the nationwide flag.
“Foreigners just like the pants as a result of once they see the elephants they consider Thailand,” says Mantana Kernkangpu, a 44-year previous service provider of elephant pants at MBK procuring Centre in Bangkok, one other main vacationer vacation spot for its low cost merchandise.
Though the trousers could look Thai, Mantana stated: “I would not put on them myself. I am too previous. They are not my type.”
Cultural scientist Adam Geczy from the College of Sydney stated the elephant pants have a transparent resemblance to harem pants from the early 20th century.