Temples and Elephants.
the huge but very practical and useful Yunnan straw hats, which serve equally as a shelter from the sun and from the rain, are to be bought at a price of from four to eight rupees apiece. The palm hat of the Ngious is also frequently worn, as well as a stitched cotton skull-cap, padded with cotton wool. This cap is a favourite head-gear of the priests.
So much for the menas fashions. I will now describe the very becoming costume worn by the women. The principal garment, which answers the same purpose as the European petticoat, corresponds with the patoi worn by the men, with the important difference that it is composed of three distinct pieces, generally of different colours and materials, sewn together. The main portion of the garment, or that part which covers the body from about the breast to the knees, is made, for ordinary wear, of cotton, and, for gala purposes, of silk. It measures from twenty to twenty-two inches in breadth from top to bottom. It is always of a striped pattern, the usual colours being yellow, blue, and red; the stripes, though made lengthwise in the material, being worn horizontally round the body. Above this, just reaching to the breast, is a narrow strip of black, dark-brown, or white cotton stuff, while below hangs a cotton border, about a foot deep, in dark red or dark brown. When the a body a is made of silk, this border is made of the same material, often beautifully interwoven with gold and silver threads. These rich borders sometimes cost as much as sixty rupees apiece, while the whole garment, when made entirely of cotton, strong and durable as it is, does not cost more than from one and a half to two rupees. The garment thus complete is called a s?n.2 It is worn by
1 Pronounced short. When ueed with the i pronounced long the word signifies a keeping the sacred day.a1 Pronounced short. When ueed with the i pronounced long the word signifies a keeping the sacred day.a