08 March 2022

Let's celebrate diversity!

To mark International Women's Day this year, we want to go back to basics and highlight the diversity of women from all over Madagascar. Why? Even while the fight for women's rights continues, there remains a certain pressure on women to meet certain standards of appearance. In Madagascar, one of those beauty criteria has been hair – specifically…, The Sakalava women of western Madagascar, They wear printed “lambahoany” (pareo) daily, which they tie under their arms. Masonjoany, a magnificent face painting obtained from Santal wood, also protects the skin from the sun. A simple traditional outfit adapted to the region’s climate.   Femme Sakalava UNICEF/UN0599941/Ramasomanana Femme Sakalava UNICEF/UN0599946/Ramasomanana Display…, The Antaimoro women, from south-eastern Madagascar, They are renowned for the hand-made manufacturing of Antaimoro Paper (paper pulp made from the bark of avoha trees endemic to the South East of Madagascar). Regarding their clothing, they are distinguished by their striped lambahoany (pareo) worn at the waist and their straw hat.     Femme Antaimoro >> Back to top, The Antakarana women, from northern Madagascar, For traditional clothing, they wear matching "lamba" such as the salovana which is a fabric sewn and tied at the chest and the kisaly which is a kind of shawl that is put on the head or shoulders. These days, only older women wear these traditional clothes on a daily basis, while younger ones only wear them on special occasions: festivals and…, The Betsileo women, from the southern part of the central highlands, They are known for their legendary sense of hospitality. During special occasions, as well as in everyday life, their clothing stands out by its bright colours. The lambahoany (pareo) is worn tightly around the waist and used as a cover. Femme Betsileo >> Back to top The Antandroy women, from the deep south of Madagascar They are known for…, The Bara women, in the southern highlands, They are particularly courageous and sociable women. In daily life and during events, traditional clothing is characterised by brightly coloured dresses, brightly coloured lambahoany (pareo) and flannel lamba in various colours which are tied at the chest, or on the waist, and sometimes completely covers the body. The drawing on the forehead is…, The Betsimisaraka women of eastern Madagascar, For traditional clothing, they often wear the Salovana (pareo) which they tie around the chest or around the waist. This simple outfit adapts to any circumstance: field work, housework, and also for special occasions such as Tsaboraha (ritual ceremony in honor of the ancestors) and other important events.   Femme Betsimisaraka >> Back to top, Merina women, from the central highlands, For their traditional costume, they wear a dress always accompanied by the “Lamba” with various choices of fabrics: rofia, landihazo, landy, which are equivalent to the silk or cotton shawl, and sometimes accessorized with an umbrella. A simple outfit that adapts to any circumstance of life: parties, mourning, daily life. Couple Merina Femme…