Cultural exchange highlights Asian traditional wear



JEDDAH: FOUZIA KHAN

Published — Tuesday 25 December 2012

Last update 24 December 2012 11:42 pm

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The lady members of the Asian Consul Generals Club (ACGC) highlighted Asian culture and traditions at the residence of the Japanese consul general in a gathering held recently.
The function focused on national traditional attires for special occasions, daily wear, bridal clothes and food highlighting the countries’ historical and geographical ties, values, culture and traditions.
ACGC ladies from Bangladesh, Brunei, China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, and Malaysia demonstrated their traditional clothes and how to wear them.
Indian and Bangladeshi women habitually wear saris that are famous for their artistic and expensive ornamental fabric. The traditional dress of Pakistan is the salwar kameez, a knee-length shirt with a loose-fitting pair of matching trousers.
Inhabitants of Brunei use an indigenous fabric called songket that belongs to the brocade family of textiles. Kain songket and jongsarat are widely used in Brunei for traditional cloths, especially for the dress of bride and groom.
Japanese culture is as evocative as an elegant lady in a beautiful silk kimono. The T-shaped, long-sleeved kimonos hold a special place in the hearts of the Japanese as a symbol of refinement, sophistication and taste.
The hanbok is the traditional Korean dress. It is worn on formal, special occasions, during traditional festivals and celebrations. Vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets often characterize the hanbok. Its narrow upper jacket, the jeogori, and wide skirt, the chima or sang, give the Korean lady an elegant look.
Indonesian women tend to wear the kebaya – a gorgeous, figure-hugging embellished blouse worn with a batik sarong, or wrap, which is generally dyed with beautiful flower motifs in vivid colors.
Chinese traditional clothes are made out of silk. The stylish and often tight-fitting cheongsam or qipao is a one-piece Chinese dress for women, that is often worn on formal occasions.

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