Saturday, January 21, 2017

Malaysian Traditional Costumes

Malaysians are most fortunate to witness the rich legacy of traditional costumes of various ethnic groups and communities in Malaysia as their very own cultural identity that they can be proud of.

This stamp issue features the traditional costumes of the Malay, Chinese and Indian communities of Malaysia.

Indian traditional costumes - The traditional costume for the Indian men is known as Vaishti, which is matched with a cotton cloth woven with gold thread. Meanwhile, the Indian ladies adorn beautiful silk gold thread bordered saree, matched with a tight choli.

Chinese traditional costumes - 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 that symbolises prosperity.

Malay traditional costumes - The man is dressed in Baju Melayu Cekak Musang, matched with hand woven songket sarong with floral design and a headgear known as songkok. The lady is dressed in a flowery songket Baju Kurung Telok Belanga, matched with a sarong neatly tied in the ombak mengalun technique.


Date of Issue : 29 Aug 2006
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 3 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography


The miniature sheet meanwhile features the traditional costumes of the Iban and Kadazan, the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak. Find out more here.

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