Check Out Traditional Malaysian Outfits
Every country has its own traditional values and customs. They represent these mostly through their religion, outfits and food. Malaysia has a mixed culture as it has inhabitants from China and India apart from Malay community. But, there are traditional festivals and customs including traditional outfits for the people of Malaysia.
Malaysian culture has a great influence from Malay, India and China. Mostly Malaysians prefer to wear western outfits but, there are people who follow tradition and wear own outfits during their festivals.
Now, let us have a look at the traditional Malaysian outfits…
Kelantan (Busana Cik Siti Wan Kembang)
Kelantan is named after the legendary queen of the state Kelantan. This traditional outfit was worn by the aristocrats during the period of 1548 to 1580. The main piece of cloth is wrapped around the upper torso like a kemban. There is a wide shawl on the shoulders. Accessories and jewellery complete the whole look. The dress is made of stiff songket material which is interwoven with luxurious golden threads.
People are not seen wearing this outfit in Malaysia now as it is very difficult to carry it and looks impractical as well. But, still it is a part of their traditional culture.
Johor (Baju Kebaya Labuh)
It is a two-piece formal outfit won only during formal occasions. Initially it had a long top reaching till the ankle which has now reached till the knee after moderations. Women wear matching tiered-linked brooches on the frontal opening.
Malacca (Baju Kebaya Nyonya)
It is a figure revealing dress which got originated from Malacca. It is usually worn by the Peranakan people who are the descendants of Chinese traders who settled in Malacca due to political and historical reasons. Later they married the local women. This outfit showed the acceptance of the arrival of Islam in Malacca. Even now this outfit is common in Malacca with some changes in the material and the fastening enclosure.
Perak ( Busana Puteri Perak)
This outfit has been inspired by the late princesses in Malaysia, which had created waves among the people there during those times. The original outfit has a top and a pant with a matching waist wrap. At present, these outfits are used by the brides to show their traditional custom, reminding that they are the princess for the day.
This is the most traditional outfit popular in the country even today. You can see it at every store in Malaysia. It caters to the fulfillment of Islamic dress code which makes it popular even today. Islamic is the religion of the country. It gives a casual as well a luxurious look depending on the material used.