12 / 2010

Sri Lanka / Ceylon - Ladies shoes "Jutti" with Silver wire embroidery - Late 19th C

The principal ethnic groups in Sri Lanka are the Sinhalese, who form the majority, and the Tamils, who form the largest minority. Both traditional and Western styles of dress are common in Sri Lanka. Traditional clothing for both men and women includes long wrap-around cloths that form garments for the lower body. Women's garments are called sari and redda, and men's are called sarama or sarong. The traditional dress for a Sri Lankan bride is "Osariya" which is a sari. She prefers to be lavish in whatever she wears and there is a lot of gold, pearls, precious stones which goes to add on tot the already stunning looking bride. Above shoe for a Kandyan bride from the Central Hills of Sri Lanka has a silver purl wire embroidered, silk covered leather upper, adorned with tiny semiprecious stones.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland