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.
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.
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.
India. Garments, Dresses. Principal Costumes.
The Feminine Costume of the World. Dresses. Part VII. India. Plate 3.
India. Coiffures, Hats, Head-dresses.
The Feminin Costume of the World. Coiffures, Hats, Head-dresses. Part VII. India. Plate 7.