Category Archives: Asia

Costume and fashion history of Asia . Manners and Customs. Collected from rare sources. The Forgotten Books.

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Textil Art from India. Design for a shawl.

India, Textile, Art, Design, shawl, traditional, Moghul,
Design for a shawl, about 1800.

Fac-simile of a portion of a native Indian drawing. Design for a shawl.

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Indonesian Culture. Fabrics and Weapons of the Malays.

Malaysia, Indonesia, weapons, textil, fabrics design, ethnic, Kris, John Clark Ridpath,Indonesian Culture. Fabrics and Weapons of the Malays.

The Malay (Orang Melayu) are an ethnic group in Southeast Asia. They belong to the Austronesian ethnic groups and speak the Malay language, whose modern expressions are Malay and Indonesian. Today about 22 million people are counted among the Malay people, who mainly live on the Malay Peninsula, in the east of Sumatra and on the coasts of Borneo. The majority of the population are Malays in Malaysia (50.4%), in the Sultanate of Brunei (66%), in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand (66-80%) and in the Indonesian province of Bangka-Belitung (72%). The vast majority of Malays (> 99.9 %) are Sunni Muslims.

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Indian plantation workers at Malabar around 1910.

Malabar, Kerala, pepper, plantation, Asia, Kolonialismus, Joan Berenice ReynoldsMalabar pepper plantation

Plantation workers harvest pepper in the historic, fabulous Malabar, today’s Kerala, one of the few remaining matriachates (The caste of Nair)  in the world. Continue reading

Late Antique Fabrics from Egypt.

Antique, Fabrics, Silk, Pattern, Sassanid, Persia, Egypt,

Late Antique Fabrics from Egypt.

Late Antique Fabrics from Egypt.

1) Red silk, patterned with figures of Samson and the lion. Alexandria, 6th — 7th Cent. — 2) Silk fabric. Alexandria, 6th — 7th Cent. — 3) Fabric with cock pattern, Persia, ca. 600. — 4 Sassanian fabric, Persia, 6th—7th Cent. 5) Fabric with elephant pattern. Persia, 8th — 9th Cent.

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India. Garments, Dresses. Principal Costumes.

India dresses, garments, Fashion History, Costumes, Paul Louis de Giafferri

Plate 3. Dresses and Garments.

India. Garments, Dresses. Principal Costumes.

The Feminine Costume of the World. Dresses. Part VII. India. Plate 3.
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India. Coiffures, Hats, Head-dresses.

India, Headdresses, Hats, Coiffures, Fashion, History, Paul Louis de Giafferri

India. Plate 7. Coiffures, Hats, Head-dresses.

India. Coiffures, Hats, Head-dresses.

The Feminin Costume of the World. Coiffures, Hats, Head-dresses. Part VII. India. Plate 7.
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Chinese wife with bound feet, 1891.

Bound Feet, China, Wife, Robert Coltman

A Middle Class Family. The Wife having Bound Feet.

Chinese wife with bound feet, 1891.

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Opium smocking in Shanghai 1899.

Opium, smocking, Shanghai, China,

Opium Smocking

Opium smocking in Shanghai 1899.

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Marquis Dufferin Ava with Armenian refugees.

Armenian refugees, Armenia, History, massacres, Ottoman Empire

Armenian refugees with Marquis Dufferin Ava

Marquis Dufferin Ava with Armenian refugees at the hospital at Varna, Bulgaria 1896.

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China 1897. The dying coolie by Isabella Bird Bishop.

dying, coolie, china, victorian travel, isabella Bird Bishop,

The dying coolie

THE DYING COOLIE 1897.

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Kazuma Ogawa. Costumes & customs in Japan.

Old court dress, historical, historic, Japan, costume, Kazuma Ogawa, Photographer,

Old court dress.

Kazuma Ogawa. Costumes & customs in Japan. Tokyo 1892.

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