Baju Kurung & Baju Melayu

The traditional apparel for Malays are Baju Kurung & Baju Melayu. The baju kurung is the traditional apparel for Malay women in Malaysia while the baju melayu is the traditional apparel for Malay men in Malaysia.

BAJU KURUNG

For women, the ensemble comprises a long-sleeved loose fitting long blouse worn over a matching sarong. Batik sarong is not usually worn with the Baju Kurung except for very casual wear at home when no attempt is made to match the Baju. To complete the outfit, a long scarf (selendang) is worn around the shoulders or around the head, crossed loosely at the front of the neck.

BAJU MELAYU 

For men, the baju melayu is worn with matching trousers. A kain samping (usually made of Kain Songket ) completes the ensemble. The kain samping is a short sarong worn around the waist with the hemline just above the knee.

Both Baju Kurung & Baju Melayu is a very comfortable outfit to wear – it is non-restrictive and is cool in the tropical weather. It looks elegant on any kind of figure as the flowing lines of the baju camouflages any imperfect figure.

CHARACTERISTICS & VARIATIONS OF THE BAJU KURUNG & BAJU MELAYU 

There are a few variations of the Baju Kurung & the Baju Melayu:

  • The traditional Baju Kurung (for women) is worn with the hemline well below the knee. The neckline is round with a vertical 6 inch slit at the front. This neckline is finished in herringbone stitching. The neckline is worn with a special single Baju Kurung button which is held in place by two loops. The baju has one patch pocket placed at the right hand side of the front panel of the baju.
  • The Baju Kurung Kedah (for women) is basically like the traditional Baju, but is cut shorter – the hem being just below the waistline; it is in fact a crop version of the traditional Baju.
  • The Baju Kurung Moden (for women) is the modern version of the Baju. The basic cut for the Baju Kurung Moden is different from the traditional cut and the collars are worn in a variety of different styles. Accessories like piping and fancy buttons are also added.
  • The Baju Melayu (for men) has the same basic cut as for the traditional Baju for women but the collar is different. It has a standup round collar (about three quarters of an inch high) – not unlike the Nehru collar. The neck opening is closed using three cuff-link type buttons. However men in the state of Johor usually observes a neckline finished in herringbone stitching as well. The kain samping is also worn inside the shirt rather than outside around the waist.

THE KAIN SAMPING 

The Kain Samping is worn by a man. It is a short sarong – about half the size of the regular sarong. It is worn over the trouser of the baju kurung ensemble. It is tied like the variations one and two methods described above. However, when variation two is used, the fan at the top left hand is spread out to form a circular fan. The Kain Samping may be made of any material, but the Kain Songket Samping is usually worn at ceremonies and Hari Raya. The Kain Songket is woven inMalaysia especially in the states of Kelantan & Trengganu.

* This will be the first in a few series of Traditional Costumes worn in Malaysia

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13 responses to “Baju Kurung & Baju Melayu

  1. lee

    hi there, may i know whether you have written
    this page in chinese language

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  3. ashiekin

    i think what u should add is how baju kurung&baju melayu are cut, bagi tujuan tailoring & ramai yang berminat untuk belajar memotong & menjahit baju kurung mereka sendiri.i would appreciate if u boleh mendapatkan tips2 memotong baju kurung dari mereka yang pakar, lebih2 lagi cara menebuk leher yang betul agar baju kurung/melayu tidak menjungkit di depan nya.tq

  4. ramnah

    a`slmu ashiekin sebenarnya saya tahu membuat baju kurung tetapi saya ingin belajar lebih mendalam tentang baju kurung kalau bolih teknik menjahit baju kurung di butik butik sebab harga nya terlalu mahal

  5. ramnah

    kami tak tahu chinese language cuba menguna kamus

  6. Bagus banyak rujukan dan pakaian traditional. Saya selalu dapat cari maklumat melalui web ini. Saya sungguh gembira.

  7. janatunaliya

    Thanks Amelia!

  8. mimi

    MEMANG BAGUS LAMAN WEB INI.IANYA SERBA-BERBI LENGKAP.TAPI SAYANG SAYA TIDAK PERLUKANNYA,KERANA IA TIDAK MENEPATI KEMAHUAN SAYA…..

  9. lin

    gembira sangat menemukan web ini!
    sedang cari apa bedanya macam-macam baju kurung melayu…kini terjawab sudah!
    TQ! Senang sekali…
    Terlebih lagi jika kakak bisa bagi cara potong dan jahitnya…. bisa tolong saya???

  10. ulviyah

    Ass. ada yg ble bantu I cara laman web: menjahit bj kurung scara on line bg yg baru mw blajar….., dulu ada tp laman webnya tak ble buka dah..I pun dah lupa apa nama dia…
    byk laman web yg I jumpa tp kurang sistimatik, maklum baru mw blajar….so byk bagian yg kakadang tak pahamlah…

    • Aishah

      Hi…
      salam…Terima Kasih kerana web ni banyak memberikan maklumat kepada saya…
      dan saye tengok ramai yang bertanyakan tentang
      cara-cara menjahit baju kurung…
      saya ada refer kat satu blog ni untuk
      belajar ilmu tentang jahitan…
      sekiranya sesiapa yang berminat
      nak belajar asas jahitan..blog ni sesuai untuk anda http://sweetbajukurungcollection.blogspot.com
      saya harap pihak mummy diaries tidak kisah dengan perkongsian ini ye…cuma sekadar membantu yang ingin belajar ilmu jahitan…….:))

  11. mira

    saya mira dari pt sulong batu pahat..saya nak belajar menjahit baju kurung melayu.tp kat ner sya leh belajar..tolong lah sya…

  12. daei web ini saya jadi banyak ujukan untuk memilih nuansa tradisi mana dan motif model yang lain

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