It has been very busy at work and since SW was away, there hasn’t been a real opportunity to go durian hunting. Last Sunday however, I was invited to spend the day with my friends and their sons at the pool and it was the perfect day for modelling my new durian t-shirt that I bought in Singapore. Many t shirts that I’ve seen in the past featuring durians have always been sort of cheesy with funny slogans or maybe even rude ones. I picked this one up because it was drawn in the 1800’s for historical and scientific recognition and the wildlife around it. A fruit, like a person, is defined by the environment and other living beings.
My t shirt is a print of a historical drawing from the collections of William Farquhar known as the “Durian”. The painting features the Durian by its species name, Durio zibethinus, the Burung Murai Batu otherwise known as the Pied Cuckoo-Shrike or Pied Triller and the Lalage nigra. Notice how the durian fruit is depicted hanging from a branch with its leaves and the durian flower providing some persepctive on size and shape. The painting was commissioned by William Faquhar (1774 -1839) who was based in Malacca, during the time when he was the first resident and Commandant of Singapore. Major General Farquhar had a very involved history with Malaysia, spoke Malay and married a girl from Malacca. By commissioning 477 paintings to record the flora and fauna of the region, he certainly had an appreciation of the natural surroundings he inhabited and I have no doubt he developed a love for durians too.
If you’d like a T-shirt like mine, drop me a comment with your details and I can help you get one. It is 100% cotton, very comfortable and its a slim cut for women but the standard straight cut for men. 🙂