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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Malaysia - Traditional Wedding Costumes 2009




In today's modern era, the Malaysian community comprising of various races and many ethnic groups still value the rich legacy of traditional costumes worn during important occasions such as weddings. Each ethnic group has their own heritage of wedding costumes that are unique in their own styles and designs.

On the most important day, the attire worn is very beautiful, special yet traditional. The Chinese and Indian couples wear red, while the Orang Ulu and Bajau are colourful dressed and the Malay couple wears a matching outfit complete with accessories as king and queen for the day.

However, all wedding costumes are similar in that the bride and bridegroom look outstanding magnificent in their bright coloured and grand ensemble, complete with beautiful headdress, unique accessories and magnificent jewellery worn only during weddings.

Denominations:

50sen:
Traditional Malay Wedding Costume
The Malay bride and bridegroom in their traditional wedding attire made of songket cloth woven in the pattern of 'bunga tabur'. The bride wore Baju Kebaya Labuh, a classic styled costume worn with matching sarung and long shawl also made from songket. A decorative headgear and other accessories are added as the finishing for her as the queen of the day. The bridegroom wore a Baju Kurung Cekak Musang top with a headgear called Tengkolok, waistband, samping and keris that completes the wedding costume. Bunga telur which is a decorative ornament used during weddings is shown in the background of this stamp.

50sen: Traditional Chinese Wedding Costume
The Chinese bridal couple looks resplendent in the traditional wedding costume, reminiscent of a bygone era. The bride is dressed in an embroidered skirt with a matching long red silk jacket, and around her neck is a large elaborately decorated detachable collar, resembling the neck feathers of the phoenix. On her head is an ornate headdress made of gilded gold and silver inlaid with kingfisher feathers and embellished with pearls and red pom-poms. The bridegroom's wedding attire is a long embroidered dragon robe. He wears a black hat with red tassels.

The combination of the dragon and phoenix symbolizes the balance of male and female power. Red, the favourite colour since the Ming Dynasty and the “double happiness” symbol shown in the background of the stamp represents luck and signifies love and prosperity.

50sen: Traditional Indian Wedding Costume
The stamp depicts an Indian bride and bridegroom in their traditional colourful wedding attire. The bride is in a beautiful silk saree and matching blouse with gold thread embroidery while the bridegroom is in his Vashtee, a long-sleeved shirt and matching cotton cloth woven with gold thread. The bride is adorned with flowers in her hair and garlands of flowers round their neck, with flower bouquets in their hands. In the background is a picture of a garland, normally used in Indian weddings.

50sen: Traditional Orang Ulu Wedding Costume
The costume for the Orang Ulu bridegroom is an embroidered bead vest and a loin-cloth. The headgear is fashioned from feathers and woven beads. The Orang Ulu bride is in a colourful sequinned dress called 'basung' and 'ta'ah'. The head is beautifully adorned with a 'lavung doh'.

Bunga Jarau, the wood ornament shown in the background of the stamp is a decorative item used at weddings.

50sen: Traditional Bajau Wedding Costume
The Bajau bridal costume is the 'badu sipak'; the yellow blouse made of satin with flared sleeves, showing off an underblouse of a contrasting hue and the 'olos berangkit' which is a full-length black wrap-skirt. Other interesting accessories adorn the bride such as 'mandapun', a decorative ornament with stylized silver or gold leaves worn around the neckline; 'sarempak', a two-piece head decoration in the shape of a ship made of gilded silver and 'garigai', small ornaments dangling down from the hair bun. Silver bangles and jewellery such as the 'ingkot pangkat'; the silver coin belt and 'keku'; long tapered, gold fingercovers complete the finishing touch for the bride.

The bridegroom id adorned in the badu which is similar to the bride's 'badu sipak' but in green colour with a pair of pants known as 'suar'. Accessories adorned by the bridegroom is the 'kain dastar' headdress and 'ingkot pangkat' with 'supu' attached and a sash at his waist. 'Tipo serisir', a mat made of woven silk material dan beadwork is a decorative item used during weddings.


Technical Details:

Date of Issue: 23 March 2009
Denomination: 50 Sen (Strip of Five)
Stamp Size: 30mm x 50mm
Perforation: 14
Sheet Content: 20 Stamps
Stamp Booklet: 30 Sen x 10 (RM3) (Strip of Five)
Paper: SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd
Stamp Designer: Hazel Design Sdn Bhd

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