Instapicks: Cape Malays
According to Muhammed Haron from the University of Botswana, researchers such as Robert CH Shell use the term 'Cape Malay' as many of them came from the east, although the term 'Indonesian' would have been fairly accurate. Shell explains that the Cape Muslims came to be known as 'Cape Malay' because Malay was the lingua franca of the Indonesian Archipelago and the language was widely spoken at the Cape during and prior to the nineteenth century. - http://www.sahistory.org.za/
A couple years ago, I was told by a friend that there's a community in South Africa called the Cape Malays. I find it so fascinating that there's another ethnic group away from the Asian continent that are called Malays. A friend reposted a picture of a bride on her Instagram account (the bride: @fashionbreed). I assumed the bride was a Malaysian Malay based on her physique. A look through her blog and Instagram account revealed that she is in fact, a Cape Malay. You can check out her akad nikah blog post here. I absolutely love her style of veiling for her big day.
Bo-Kaap District, formerly known as Malay Quarters
Visiting the Bo-Kaap district is definitely on my travel list now!