• Short Summary

    Fashion - as the women of Ceylon make it - was highlighted Nov. 3 at a show of the latest hair and dress styles, held in Colombo's fashionable Galle Face Hotel.

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    Fashion - as the women of Ceylon make it - was highlighted Nov. 3 at a show of the latest hair and dress styles, held in Colombo's fashionable Galle Face Hotel.

    Unlike Western woman, the Sinhalese scorn the hairdressers and dressmakers art. All the women are long-haired,, so elaborate cutting and styling plays no part in their hair-do. Neither do artificial curls, bleaches or dyes. Twisting and coiling their long jet-black hair, hey can devise not a few - but hundreds of different and exotic styles. Combs and ornaments are deftly combined to make the hair creations colourful and individual. Some girls have two to three feet of hair to use in making their style.

    When it comes to dress - the sarees of India and Ceylon, and sarongs of South-East Asia, require no cutting or stitching. Yards and yards of unstitched fabric is wrapped round to creates a graceful, flowing line. The beauty of the every-day sari is only surpassed by the wedding dress.

    Even cosmetic manufacturers have a poor market in Sinhalese fashions. Most Asian girls have their own collection of home-made herbal make-up for giving themselves, red, yellow and blue colours.

    Up-to-date fashions, however, are still only for the younger women. Married women, especially with grown-up families prefer the old-fashioned buns for hairstyling to emphasize the status they command in society.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD7RXR89FNOHEITIK1IM1TC925
    Media URN:
    VLVAD7RXR89FNOHEITIK1IM1TC925
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/09/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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