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Introduction on Baju Kurung Modern, Its History, and Background
With its origin from the southern state of Johor in Malaysia, the BajuKurung is a type of clothing for Malaysian women. It is a two piece costume consisting of an ankle length skirt and a blouse. It can be seen worn throughout the country such as at offices, weddings, and official functions. It is also worn during festivities such as hari raya aidilfitri, baju raya 2018, etc. Other than that, is also adopted as one of the school uniforms for girls. The direct Malay translation of it means “enclosed dress” with baju meaning dress and kurung meaning enclosed. It is said that the concept of this attire was introduced after the arrival of Islam in the country. This can be concluded by the nature of the attire that calls for the skin to be hidden, parallel to the teaching of the religion.
Though popularly known as Malaysia’s national dress for women, it has also been adopted in Brunei as well due to Brunei and Malaysia sharing many similarities in terms of culture and heritage. Malaysia also shares a lot of similarities with its southern neighbor, Indonesia. On the Indonesian island Sumatra, the bajukurung is also popular amongst women of the Malay and the Minangkabau ethnic groups. Elsewhere it can also sometimes be found in other neighboring South East Asian countries in the region such as Thailand to the north and Singapore to the south.
There are many types of bajukurung available. The differences between the different types available are based on local influences of the regions that they are from.
In Malaysia, there are 13 different states ranging from the state of Kedah in the north to the state of Perak in the south. Although these states are located in Malaysia, each of these 13 different states has their own history and local cultures. And this is unique because no matter where it comes from, you can see the striking resemblance and also the portrayal of the value that the garment is traditionally known for similar to the traditional Indonesian kebaya.
With that in mind, each state has its own interpretation of how they should look like. For example in the northern states of Kedah and Kelantan, they might have added a little Thai influence to it since they’re neighbors with Thailand. Baju Kurung Kedah is Kedah’s interpretation of the garment is similar to the Thailand’s traditional attire whereas the top is meant to be short, just below the hip, similar to what women in Southern Thailand would wear.
On the other hand, the southern state of Johor draws its influence from the areas nearby such as the Riau islands and Singapore. The Johorean style is also known as Teluk Belanga and it can be recognized by the simple collar and is undoubtedly the most popular style for the garment because of it’s simplicity.
On most of the bajukurung, its dominating characteristics and traits can be seen by its design similarities – with the skirt’s length being around the ankle, and its sleeves extending up to the wrist. The materials of choice for its construction are mainly silk and cotton because they are perfect for the hot and humid weather of Malaysia. It is believed that the first Sultan of Johor, Sultan Sir Abu Bakar had some say into creating the first version of the bajukurung. With Johor being a Muslim sultanate, it was designed to be conservative in nature and in line with Islamic principles.
In recent years, there are many different styles and variations available such as kurung lace, kurung peplum, kurung Pahang, Kedah, and different fabrics such as cotton, chiffon, songket, etc. Contemporary designers have started to manipulate the length of the top and the cutting of the skirt to give it a new and improved style, consistent with the flow of the time and fashion. With each passing year, the designs have become more and more creative and intricate, to accommodate the demands for individuality and unique designs.
Modern designers have created their own styles and taken their own approach to creating contemporary designs with new twists to it. Famous and renowned designers such as Jovian Mandagie and Melinda Looi have both created their own gorgeous bajukurung styles based on traditional designs. In 2015, Jovian Madagie known for his jaw-dropping and beautiful designs collaborated on a capsule collection with Johorean Princess, Tunku Tun Aminah on a collection inspired by the Princess' lifestyle. The pieces were named after her family members such as Safia and Sarina, the Princesses of Perak. It was received with critical acclaim by the fashion industry.
If you're looking to get your hands on Baju Kurung online, there are plenty of brick and mortar boutiques and online shops selling them. There are also many different prices that they are offered in. They range from cheap ones going as low as RM50 to upwards of RM 1000 for upscale ones. They can also be found through online shops such as e-commerce sites Lazada, Zalora, Fashion Valet, and also available in many boutiques across Malaysia. For the more upscale designs, Fashion Valet is the place to go due to its mission to gather all the talented and local Asian designers.
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Through our website, we hope that you can find more information about the different styles that are available and hopefully we will be able to help you choose the right design that will suit your needs.
Information About Modern Malaysia
Malaysia is a tropical country located in South East Asia. Malaysia consists of two parts, one being West and the other being Peninsular Malaysia. The west part of the country consists of the states of Sabah and Sarawak.
Meanwhile Peninsular part consists of Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
The country's capital city is Kuala Lumpur.
The population of the country is roughly 30 million inhabitants. It is a multiracial country, with the three main races in Malaysia being the Malays/Bumiputera, the Chinese, and the Indians. The Malays are the largest ethnic group in the country making up 50% of the total population. The official religion is Islam and other major religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity.
Malaysia or known back then as the Federation of Malaya gained it's independence from the British on the 31st of August in 1957. In 1963, with Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore on board, the new country was renamed as Malaysia.
The country's climate is tropical with temperature averaging 26-30 degrees Celsius all year round. There are two main seasons, one being the dry seasons and the other being the wet season. The wet season occurs during the monsoon period which is April to October for the southwestern states and October to February for the northeastern states.