Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ricksha and Lungi


Ricksha, originally uploaded by airam94564.

A common sight in the streets of Bangladesh are rickshaws (ricksha in Bangla). I once read that Bangladesh has the most rickshaws in the world. I have seen a multitude of them, they are every where. Fare is negotiable depending on the distance, traffic, and the mood of the driver. They mostly say no in my experience.

As seen here, the drivers are wearing lungi. Lungis are an informal skirt worn by men in place of pants.

(From wikipedia)...The lungi is a garment worn around the waist in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar (formerly Burma). While its origin is found in South Indian culture, it is worn by diverse communities across Southern Asia.

The lungi is the most commonly-seen dress of Bangladeshi men, although it is not normally worn on formal occasions. In Bangladesh, lungis are worn by most men on a daily basis, although elaborately-designed cotton, batik, or silk lungis are also often presented as wedding gifts to the groom. Bengali women do not traditionally wear lungis, although non-Bengali tribal women do wear similar garments in some parts of southeastern Bangladesh. In neighboring West Bengal, the lungi is fast replacing the dhoti as the most popular men's garment for everyday wear. Some Bengali men avoid wearing the lungi, considering it to be too informal or inappropriate, despite the fact that it is both ubiquitous and comfortable. Despite the fact that the usage of lungi is declining slowly, it is still the most common male attire in rural Bangladesh.

12 comments:

Nice said...

thanks for dropping by my blog. nice photos! what did you do in Bangladesh?

Luke said...

cool form of transportation and interesting clothing! great shot!

luna miranda said...

The lungi looks like the 'patadyong' in the Visayas but it's worn by old women.

Sidney said...

Looks like hard work to me.
It make me think of the pedicap drivers here in the Philippines.

Mike said...

We actually have those in London, but a bit more modern. I've never been in one but it looks fun!

lino said...

never been to bangladesh, nice photo of the daily scene there...:)

flyingstars said...

nicely captured shot & very nice reading your description!

Joy said...

I have never ridden one. How fast can it go?

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and for leaving your comments.


joy
A Pinay In England
Your Love Coach
The Goddess In You

Senor Enrique said...

The lungi would be perfect here in Manila. Not only do they appear comfortable but they may be perfect apparel to prevent mosquito bites on the legs.

Heart of Rachel said...

It must be quite an experience to ride one.

Anonymous said...

Lungi is a very sexy dress. Though it is skirt like to westerners it is as manly as a moustache is south Indians. It is cool, comfortable sexy and enhances manliness.

Anonymous said...

Lungi is a very sexy dress. Though it is skirt like to westerners it is as manly as a moustache is to south Indians. It is cool, comfortable sexy and enhances manliness.