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Siamese Men of the Nineteenth Century

[caption id="attachment_89” align="alignright” width="184” caption="Siamese boatman of the nineteenth century”][/caption]  In the “Journey” books, I’ve struggled a bit to describe the typical dress of the men of Southeast Asia, particularly Siam, in the nineteenth century. I’ve seen plenty of descriptions and illustrations, but how to describe it? It’s a bit more than a ‘loincloth’ but not quite trousers. As luck would have it, in my other role as a travel writer I recently came across a rare nineteenth century photograph of a commoner.