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Far From Happy Results of Compromise in Costume

FAR FROM HAPPY RESULTS OF COMPROMISE IN COSTUME

Commerce with foreigners at the ports on the eastern coast of Madagascar has resulted in the Betsimisaraka adopting a mixture of European and native costume, to the great disadvantage of their appearance. These women, whose home is at Betsizaraina, south of Tamatave, wear the Malagasy lamba over ill-cut bodices, with a slatternly effect heightened by their untidily-twisted curls

Feminine Dignity Enhanced by Graceful Drapery

FEMININE DIGNITY ENHANCED BY GRACEFUL DRAPERY

Wholly admirable in contrast to that of the hybrid costume worn by the Betsimisaraka women shown above is the effect of the purely native costume worn by these Sakalava girls of the western coast. Drapery could not be better arranged than the lamba upon the fine second figure from the left, and the perfect simplicity of the entire costume is a triumph of seemly art. It will be noticed that each has arranged her costume with tasteful difference, contrasting brown skin with colourful cloth