Everyone has their most comfy piece of clothing. Mine is beyond a shadow of a doubt my robe, sewn with love and care by my dear and ridiculously talented friend, Jeska. Of late, however, a simple bit of fabric has been a contender for this position, although my robe has held firm.
It is this wonderful Maranao…thingie, for lack of a better word, called a malong, and i love it. I tried to start this sentence several times with the beginning reading, “It is primarily used for…” and had to stop, because I’m not really sure it has a primary use as such – just a whole lotta great applications.
It is a piece of fabric, usually a really pretty and sturdy batik from Indonesia or Thailand, sewn together at one side, such that you have a big cylinder of a thingie. The uses I have been given thus far include:
1. sleeping bag
4. privacy thingie for going to the toilet in public (Sorry – is there a word for that? I’m going to have to come up with a better word than “thingie” at some point here…I sound like my young people in London.)
5. wrapping up babies
I’m sure that most people can come up with about 647,000 potential other uses, but those are the ones with which I’ve been made familiar. So if you can imagine this piece of fabric that’s long enough to be a really nice sleeping bag, sturdy enough to be a staple of life’s daily necessities, thin enough to be folded any number of ways to meet the needs of that particular moment, and pretty enough to be my favorite skirt, you can picture a malong!
Some images from the interweb to bring it to life for ya’:
and one of me trying to make it my own:
Guess what? You can get ’em on ebay!