The richness and diversity of Malaysian traditional costumes can be seen throughout the length and breadth of the country. There is great variety of beautiful costumes which differ in style and design from state to state.
Sabah and Sarawak, rich in tradition and culture from its many ethnic and indigenous people further contributed to the fashion heritage of Malaysia.
The miniature sheet of this stamp issue features traditional costumes of the Iban and Kadazan.
Iban traditional costumes - The male Iban is dressed in Baju Burung or vest and sirat woven loin-cloth which is a warrior's outfit. Accessories worn include belt, armlet and anklet made from silver and headgear decorated with hornbill feathers. The Iban maiden meanwhile wears the ceremonial dress, which consist of the bidang cloth, marek empang which is a chest adornment, the sugu tinggi headdress and other silver ornaments.
Kadazan traditional costumes - 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 Kadazan is wearing a ceremonial Kadazan Papar costume made of embroidered colour and gold thread, worn with a headgear made of bamboo strips known as siung and silver coin belt.
Date of Issue : 29 Aug 2006
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 2 x RM1.00
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
The Malay, Chinese and Indian traditional costumes are being featured in the other stamps in this issue. Click here to find out more.