Cultural exchange highlights Asian traditional wear

Updated 24 December 2012
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Cultural exchange highlights Asian traditional wear

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.


Egypt ministry thwarts attempt to rob fence of Salah Eddin Citadel

Updated 27 May 2018
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Egypt ministry thwarts attempt to rob fence of Salah Eddin Citadel

CAIRO: Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry thwarted an attempt to steal the external iron fence of the Citadel of Salah Eddine recently.
The ministry, along with tourism police, discovered suspicious movements near the fence overlooking Cairo’s Salah Salem Road.
They found five people trying to unscrew the iron fence and transport it by cart, local reports have said.
Four of the robbers were arrested and taken to the Cairo Antiquities Police Department.
They will be presented to prosecution for further procedures, the report added.
The Citadel is a must-see in Cairo’s Islamic quarters, a 12th-century bastion built by Ayyubid ruler Salahuddin to protect Egypt against the Crusaders.