National Geographic : 1951 Apr
© National Geographic Society 41 Paintings byJean Despujols Entire Tribes Are Called White Thai (Left) or Black Thai, According to the Color ofWomen's Blouses These Thai people retain many archaic customs. Women steadfastly cling to ancestral styles. though the men frequently adopt Annamite dress. Both models decorate bodices with silver buckles. White Thai maiden, a chieftain's daughter, wears a skirt of stamped silk. Black Thai, actually aspale asivory, carries in her girdle the keys to many coffers, indicating wealth.