Zara is Now Selling ‘Asian Dad Pants’ For $90

zara sells asian men's traditional garment as 'check mini skirt'

Zara just released a new skirt that closely resembles the traditional garment worn by older Asian men, and of course the internet has thoughts.

The Spanish fast fashion retailer calls the lungi a “Check Mini Skirt” and describes it as a “flowing skirt with draped detail in the front.”

It also has a “front slit detail at the hem” and “zip fastening in the back hidden along the seam.”

The skirt carries a tag price of $89.90.

Photo via Baan Suan Porpeang

That’s a hefty price to pay for a lungi, a sarong-like skirt popular among South and Southeast Asian men living in rural areas.

Photo via Thai News Bureau

It is worn especially in warm weather when trousers become uncomfortable.

Photo via @eh_lifestyletraveller/Instagram

Lungi, for one, is known in Thailand as pakaoma and sells for just $2 at local markets.

Zara’s skirt was easily mocked in Asian social media, with some accusing the brand of cultural appropriation.

We don’t know about you, but we’d rather borrow our uncles’ lungis for a quick strut. And maybe visit a Zara store.

traditional garment worn by asian men sold at zara

Any thoughts?

Featured Images via Zara (Left) and Baan Suan Porpeang (Right)

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