kinds except the skirt, and in place of this she still wears the panung.
The vast majority of the women and all the men wear short hair, but long hair for women is gradually coming in.
Both men and women chew betel nut, mingling it with lime, of which enormous quantities must be annually produced and consumed. It blackens their teeth, and makes their mouths hideous. Its use is, perhaps on this account, being abandoned by the upper classes under the influence of European ideas.
Siam has a curious and ancient custom which assigns to the days of the week colours for the panunga Monday, cream (leuang); Tuesday, purple (muang) ; Wednesday, orange (set) ; Thursday, green (khio); Friday, grey or blue (si nam ngeun) ; Saturday, black (dam), is the sequence, and it is
habitually followed by the fashionables. During Court mourning, black panungs are worn.
Siama s fashions are changing with the times. The great lady in Siam not so long ago would appear at a Court function in the traditional attire of her type, the short hair stiffened so as to stand on end, the face powdered a dead white, the eyebrows blackened and enlarged, the lips painted scarlet, the bodice of ancient fashion and the panung so stiffened with wax that it flared out on all sides and made its lady waddle rather than walk. Nowadays, the fashion of Paris is, with the exception of skirts, followed at Bangkok, but the panung still resists the attack of the skirt. How long it will resist no man can say, but perhaps the ladies know.
CUTHBERT WOODVILLE HARRISON.
Terminus Station, Northern Line, Bangkok.
Si imese State Railways.