Traditional Costumes in Malaysia
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Malaysian Traditional Costumes
The richness and diversity of Malaysian traditional
costumes can be seen throughout the length and breadth of Peninsular
Malaysia. There is great variety of beautiful costumes which differ in
style and design from state to state. The birth of Malaysia in 1963
continues to add more of the amazing collection of traditional
costumes. Sabah and Sarawak, also rich in tradition and culture from
its many ethnic and indigenous people further contributed to the
fashion heritage of Malaysia. Today we are most fortunate to witness
the rich legacy of traditional costumes of various ethnic groups and
communities in Malaysia as our very own cultural identity that we can
be proud of. The Malaysian traditional costumes become a kaleidoscope
of colors. It is a visual delight to one and all.
Malay Traditional Clothing
The man is dressed in a Baju Melayu Cekak Musang
matched with a hand woven songket sarong with floral design and a
headgear known as songkok. The lady is beautifully dressed in a
flowery songket Baju Jurung Telok Belanga matched with a sarong neatly
tied in the ombak mengalun technique or translated as flowing waves.
The outfit is complemented with a shawl.
Chinese Traditional Clothing
The couple is wearing classical Chinese attire, which
has been give a modern touch. The man is wearing a Chinese satin
Samfoo intricately woven with Chinese motif matched with trousers. The
maiden is wearing a modern red Cheongsam with exquisite design woven
with motif symbolizing prosperity. These outfits are usually made from
soft materials such as silk or satin.
Indian Traditional Clothing
The traditional clothing for Indian men is the Vaishti.
It is matched with a cotton cloth woven with gold thread. Indian
ladies adorn beautiful silk gold thread bordered saree matched with a
Iban Traditional Clothing
The male Iban is dressed in Baju Burung or vest and
sirat woven loin-cloth which is a warrior's outfit. They also wear
accessories such as a belt, armlet and anklet made from silver and a
headgear decorated with hornbill feathers. The Iban maiden wears the
ceremonial dress consisting of the bidang cloth, marek empang which is
a chest adornment, the sugu tinggi headdress and other silver
ornaments such as the coil belt and bangles.
Kadazan Traditional Clothing
The male Kadazan is wearing a ceremonial costume
usually worn during the Sumazau dance. It comprises of a jacket and
trousers with gold trimming and a woven destar cloth headgear known as
siga. The female is wearing a ceremonial Kadazan Papar costume made of
embroidered color and gold thread. It is worn with a headgear made of
bamboo strips known as siung and silver coin belt. These clothes are
usually made from black velvet or silk.
|Date of Issue
||29 August 2006
||50 sen (3 designs)
||30 mm X 40 mm
||RM1.00 X 2
||70 mm X 100 mm
|Stamp Size in
||30 mm X 40 mm