Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Sarong

In Malaysia (and also Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia), Muslim men often wear sarongs to go to the mosque. Indian men around Malaysia are also frequently seen in a white sarong.

My father is neither Muslim nor Indian but he wears a sarong at home. He picked this practice up from his father, my grandfather. My grandfather's parents were Chinese born in Indonesia and this is probably where the whole sarong wearing practice started.

My father is the last person in the family that wears a sarong and I doubt that there will be anybody else that picks up the habit. I'm not sure that I would encourage Aaron to wear one but if he one day decides that he likes it, I wouldn't tell him not to. Of course, I doubt that he'll look as cute in it then as he does now.

5 comments:

Bilbo said...

Somehow, I just can't imagine myself in a sarong. Now, in a "BArong," the sort of formal shirt worn in the Philippines, that's another matter - I have several bought for me by Filipino friends which are comfortable and look great...but the SArong...well, not so sure...

number said...

Scottish Kilts = Premium Highlandwear. Malay Sarongs = You won't need any underwear....;)

NomadicExpat said...

I agree with "numbers" comment! Haha.

Men in sarongs are sexy. We should encourage Aaron to carry the SE Asian Chinese tradition.

NomadicExpat said...

oh didnt know that your great grandparents were from Indonesia, but thought they were from Burma. Does that make your dad's side of the family Peranakan?

dawn224 said...

I just got Alex a kilt this week - I *love* it!