PRETTY ASIAN WOMAN IN FORMAL TRADITIONAL GARB (JAPANESE? INDONESIAN?)

This vintage real photo postcard begs some answers, but I’m stumped. I have never seen the type of clothing displayed on this card before; despite my exposure to a multitude of international postcards. This interesting studio portraiture features a pretty Asian woman dressed in some unusual garb. It appears to be formal traditional clothing. I do not know which culture that this dress represents. I am hypothesizing that woman is Japanese. However, the previous owner of this postcard thought the woman may have been from Indonesia. The owner’s guess is written on the reverse of the card. The woman in this photo is holding a basket in one hand and an object I can’t identify in the other hand. There is an AZO stamp box on the back of the postcard. It reveals that this card was produced sometime between 1910 and 1930.  SOLD

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  1. Hello: Could this actually be a man?  Male actors traditionally played female roles in Japanese kabuki theatre.It’s hard to tell for sure.

    • You make a great point. This individual could certainly be a male performer. Thanks for your comment.

  2. I’m going to guess the subject may be Thai. Thai traditional clothing features a headdress with the pointed peak similar to this. They could also be in a traditional Chinese garment – the clothing I have seen online seems to feature the straight long skirt with some kind of straight upper garment.


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