Saturday, November 08, 2008

Hang Ten (Or Twenty)

How Can Something So Right Be Sarong?

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


We were wandering down a street in Langkawi, Malaysia, when this sight stopped me in my tracks. It was just a tiny rack outside a shop on a long street, but my photography-radar-activation clicked into overdrive immediately.

I walked briskly away from the family (they’re used to me going walkabout) and I homed in on the sarongs. It wasn’t just the way they were displayed that caught my eye, it was the soft lines of the fabric and the striking range of colours.


Also, part of the attraction for me was the fact that there are so many sarongs hanging closely together. This gave me vertical lines to concentrate on, in addition to the delicate designs.

You want to know what I reckon? In the tropics, a sarong is definitely the fabric of society.


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31 comments:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

They are indeed colorful. I love your post title. Have a great day David. :)

Lee said...

When I was in high school I had a friend whose father had traveled in India and she had some of the wardrobe to prove it. I'll never forget the exquisite sheer yellow sari she wore to our Christmas formal event. Those colors take me back to that time. Thanks for sharing them, David. Colorful fun shots!

Cheers!

CrazyCath said...

"...the fabric of society..."

I am groaning so often now my family think I am in pain.

Love the second shot - the vertical one.

Daryl said...

Its been sarong since I shopped I better get a muu muu on

:-Daryl

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

You always have such vibrant colors in your pictures. LOVE them.

Merisi said...

You are so right, David! :-)

fishing guy said...

David: Just when you think you made a perfect capture with your camera it turns out to be Sarong. Oh well; show it anyways.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

"... Be Sarong?" Groan! Love it!

Color-full photos, too.:)

GreenJello said...

Ooh... good eye. LOVE the colors! And I think I like the vertical shot best.

quilly said...

Here we call them muumuus and they are accepted formal wear! (Well, depending on the design, of course.)

Cheffie-Mom said...

Beautiful colors! And what a creative title! Love it!

leslie said...

Not sure why, but the last shot is my favourite.

lmerie said...

I like how you capture what captures you. Wonderful colors!

Tiffany Norris said...

I like the term "walkabout." Might have to borrow that one. :)

kimmy said...

Catchy title David! Great pic...love all the colors!

Kimmy

Maggie May said...

Oh I LOVE those colours too.
S'arong to be envious though! Sigh....

® ♫ The Brit ♪ ® said...

Wonderfully vibrant colours David!
At first glance I thought they were your shorts! hehe ;)

Deb said...

oh david, you're so punny.

these shots would look great framed in my kitchen, by the way. i have some photos from a market in tunisia, that have similar colors (and similar theme, no?). they are giant baskets of various spices.

anyway, beautiful. per usual.

virtual voyage said...

Can see that as a vibrant abstract...

imbeingheldhostage said...

Hey, where'd your Nap Warden post go?

Well I got to see bright colors anyway :-)

Sandi McBride said...

It's the colors, no doubt! It made me want to dig out my beach sarong but that would entail going out to a shed and it's dark now. I love the red ones...and blue ones. They're all so lovely!
Sandi
ps
reran The Horse Race since this is a busy weekend...

Angela at mommy bytes said...

The pun is killing me, but the colors are beautiful. Happy hunting.

Leslie said...

Oh my - I really like the post title! Colourful photos too. ;)

Tanchi said...

colorful...;) nice warm colors

SHOTS OF A FRUSTRATED IT STUDENT; TOGETHER

Hilary said...

And here I thought by the post title that they were going to be surf boards. Had I said that, you'd have told me "I'm sari, sarong number"

Lovely and colourful - and amusing as always. :)

Bengbeng said...

thanks for pointing out this perspective. we r so used to this scene we have taken it for granted n stopped noticing :)

Melli said...

Altogether, they make a great show!

Maureen Hayes said...

Great play on words with the title and brilliant use of color and pattern!

Mine is much sillier, check it out at:

http://beingchronicallyillisapill.blogspot.com/2008/11/photo-hunters-together-with-celebrities.html

Happy photo hunt!

RiverPoet said...

I love those sarongs. If only I could get away with wearing those without having Clinton Kelly and Stacy London chasing me down!

Peace - D

Tammy said...

Love your post title!

Thanks for stopping by my PH post! Happy PH day!

Colin Campbell said...

My mum arrived on Singapore Airlines from Scotland this week. It was fun to see the glamorous ladies in their ethnic garb again.