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Is there any technical reason for this?

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It depends. The best answer is that it's traditional to wear them.

Apocryphally, it is supposed to harken back to a custom where mothers would give their sons, who were going off to war, good-luck charms which they made from cloth torn from their own surong.

In more modern times, they often denote accomplishment and rank within a Muay Thai organization.

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