Two types of shirts the chinplo, for the males, and the chimoethu, for females. Young boys can wear any color but it must be long. Young girls wear red and white striped dress. Teenage girls who are single, wear long white shirt down to feet Females who are married wear short black shirts down to their waist and a long red wrap skirt. Males wear red and white stripe long shirt down to their knees. The seams of their clothing have the Karen alphabet sewn in so they can educate themselves in secret. In Burma, a Karen could get their hand cut off for being educated.
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