In ‘Paradise’ I mention early on that the new colony adopts the dress of the pre-Islamic empires of India and SE Asia, principally the sarong for both males and females. Most people do not know that during this era it was normal for women to go topless. The evidence is clear from the carvings on the temples throughout the region, from India proper to Angkor Wat in Cambodia to Bali, Indonesia. This historical reality has been suppressed by conservative Hindus, Muslims and Christians. However, we do have some photographic evidence. In the case of Bali, until quite recently (the Balinese only began to cover up with the influx of Western tourists in the 60’s). Here are some examples:

Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Siam (Thailand)

Siam (Thailand)

Cambodia

Cambodia

Vietnam

Vietnam

Laos

Laos

Dayak, Malaysia

Dayak, Malaysia

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia