But then when I tried to wear it, I got worried that someone would get offended that I was wearing their traditional costume. My Mom actually asked one of her students about it, and she said that was crazy, and she would be honored...but I still felt weird.
So I thought if I took the pretty top and changed it somehow so that I preserved the beautiful embroidery and cloth, but wore it differently, I would feel ok. And so now it's a dress :)
I'm really in love with it. I wear it with a belt, and I feel so pretty :)