The Baju Kurung is the traditional Malay costume for women. And in more “modern” times, we have the Baju Kebaya and,Baju kurung moden become another popular and favorite attire for ladies in Malaysia.
Well, just go to any Malay house, open the cupboard of the lady in the house, and you can definitely find at least one Baju Kurung dress in the wardrobe, if not a full line of the traditional Malay women costume.
This is because even though some women prefer modern western attires, the Baju Kurung is still an elegant and sweet dress for women in and Malaysia.
They put on the Baju Kurung not only when attending formal and ceremonial occasions, but also for the office.
picture by Fiona
Besides adding extra elegance, simple beauty and style to the wearer, the Baju Kurung, since it is loose fitting, is very comfortable to wear in the hot and humid weather of the equatorial climate.
Being very loose fitting attire, even fat or pregnant ladies will look smart and elegant in the Baju Kurung.
So although it is the traditional Malay costume and appropriate wear and attire for traditional occasions like weddings, engagements and public functions, the Baju Kurung is also popular and worn daily by the masses for comfort.
More so to the Muslim women, the Baju Kurung also fits and conforms with the Islamic requirement to enclose the body (except the face and hands) and that clothes should not be tight and body hugging as to show the outlines of the wearer’s body.