Lamba, Madagascar

 There are many ethnic groups in Madagascar. The costumes and customs of different nationalities are not the same, but there are the same costumes that connect them and become the symbol of the national costumes of the country. This is the Lamba that is almost all over the island.
  Ramba is an oversized square or rectangular shawl that Madagascars often wrap around, cotton, silk, hemp, and woolen, colorful, and endless. When I traveled to Madagascar, it was in the local winter, but the daily maximum temperature still climbed to nearly 30 °C. Many people wore short sleeves and even shirtless. But at noon, people sweated, and they would never get rid of Lamba on their shoulders.
  After entering the juvenile period, children in Madagascar have the right to take a Lamba out of the door, which to a certain extent represents a certain social status and personal dignity. Lamba is extremely convenient and versatile: it is cold in the morning and evening, Madagascars like to wrap themselves in the barn to keep out the cold; at noon, the temperature is high, they put Lamba on their shoulders, take it as a nap or picnic in the field when needed. The mat; when sleeping at night, Lamba is used as a quilt. When dancing, the Madagascar will tie Lamba to the waist, not only does not get in the way, but also beautiful. Despite the fact that Madagascars who have pursued modern life have given up on the wearing of Lamba, there are still many people who regard Lamba as a necessity.
  When traveling through a small town in the Central Highlands, it coincides with the market on Tuesday, and the villagers in the neighboring villages are coming to the market. However, the battle on the spot is not so much a rush to purchase, it is better to say that it is a Lamba show. The men swayed through the city in a variety of lanba, with red and green flowers on them, and they were gorgeous. The tour guide explained that the market day is also the local “sister day”, men want to use the most unique and most beautiful Lamba to attract the attention of the girls. On the day of the market, only the most daring Lamba show participants had the chance to be matched by pretty girls. In order to be more outstanding, some people used Lamba to wrap their heads and put a top hat on them; some people put Lamba on the outside of the basketball hat; some people took Lamba from behind and circled them, and then hung their two heads behind them; Others picked up Lamba on one side and deliberately revealed a novelty in one arm and hand. In short, everyone is trying to show their unique style with Lamba.
  The climate in the central highlands is cold, and people prefer velvet. After entering the west coast area where the Sakarava people lived, everyone wore a light-weight lamba of cotton texture, and the style became a plain gingham with a monochromatic vertical strip. Although the style of Lamba has changed, it is still the first tool for men to “dress handsome”.
  In fact, Ramba is not the exclusive clothing of Madagascar men, and it is also common for women to wear Lamba. However, the woman has a variety of colorful clothing, wearing a complex hat on the head, which makes the decorative effect of Lamba greatly weakened, but the “Lamba men” who dare to wear is particularly eye-catching.
  Ramba is so important in the hearts of the Malagasy people that when they set their relatives, the newcomers will exchange the Lamba as a sentiment; when the life is at the end, friends and relatives must also use a good blue. The body of the deceased will be buried.