National Geographic : 1932 Jul
©G.Burroughs FRENZIED DANCERS PRECEDE THE KANDYAN CHIEFS, WHOSE GOLD-TRIMMED UMBRELLAS ARE AMARK OF DISTINCTION When they appear in the Perahera processions, the headmen are gorgeously appareled. A scarf of 150yards offine silk, draped from the shoulders and tapering to the ankles, is caught at the waist by a wide gold-embroidered belt which is studded with jewels. Over this isworn ajacket ofbright brocade whose full sleeves are fastened at the wrist. The peculiar hats, worn sidewise, are flecked with many precious stones that scintillate inthe reddish glow of the spectators' many torches or in the bright glare of a hot August sun, as in the case of this "day" Perahera.