Is modernization threatening Malay traditional costumes? | Daily Express Malaysia

Is modernization threatening Malay traditional costumes?

Publication date: Thursday, July 14, 2016

kuala lumpur: Recently, there has been a growth in hybrid “raya” clothing, which combines traditional aspects of the garment with various modern and fashionable versions. However, recently, Faber Exclusive’s “Warrior” Robe (Juba Palawan) or commonly known as “Masculine” Robe (Juba Sado), which is in line with the latest trends, has received a lot of public criticism due to its fashion-forward collection. are exposed to. Ezrina Alias, Director of Corporate Communication at the Ministry of National Culture and Arts, said that the rapid development of information technology has made it easier for fashion designers today to come up with new ideas in clothing design.

“These new designs may have been copied from overseas, resulting in designs that do not fit our culture, such as sleeveless robes, hipster robes, and warrior robes. Yes,” she said. Ezrina also acknowledged that these designs could erode the Malay traditional heritage, as each traditional garment has its own identity and distinguishing features. For example, Malay shirts have loosely designed “teluk belanga” or “chekak musang” collars. Suitable for facilitating the wearer’s movement while preserving the sanctity of the “aura” according to Islamic values. She added that she appreciates the efforts of local designers to improve Malay traditional clothing, but hopes they do not go too far and abandon the clothing’s original traditional characteristics. Sri Kamaria Mohd Samshir, a lecturer in the Department of Malay Studies at MARA University of Technology Academy of Language Research, said that this situation has led to the presence of modern designs mixed with foreign elements, which have diminished the beauty of traditional Malay clothing. He said this would lead to a loss of national character and cultural identity. Until future generations know about Malay traditional costumes and their cultural identity.

Shri Kamaria expressed concern that local fashion designers, in their eagerness to stand out from each other, tend to produce modern designs that “drow out” their original characteristics.

She said that while fashion designers always need to explore new ideas to capture the attention of the public, they also need to preserve as much as possible their traditional heritage, which has a huge influence on the designs produced.

Therefore, she suggested giving guidelines to local designers to ensure that traditional clothing is not altered to the point of distorting the beauty of the original design.

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