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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Ngepan Iban for your Wedding Reception Dinner?

Ngepan Iban for your Wedding Reception Dinner?

The "Kumang and Keling" entrance
Calling all the single ladies..have you ever thought of wearing your traditional costume for your wedding reception dinner instead of the usual evening gown? Well I know I and my husband did.

Our marriage was solemnised at the St.Thomas Cathedral, Kuching, Sarawak on 28 April 2012 then followed by the wedding reception at The Fourpoints Sheraton Hotel in the evening. Previously we had a pre-wedding photoshoot in Iban costume and because we love our Iban culture so much we decided to again wear traditional Iban costume for our wedding reception.

One of the reasons is to introduce to our West Malaysian and Japanese friends how the Ibans would dress in their full regalia particularly on important occasions and ceremonies. My husband was very brave in wearing the traditional "sirat" (loincloth) especially when he has to brave the cold hotel ballroom without a single thread on his body except for "baju gagung" (animal skin made into a slip-on sleeveless shirt). As for myself, I wore my ngepan kumang which weighed almost 10 kilos that night!) without any upper clothing to keep me warm (thank God for the wine).
I know some younger generation would think that wearing this traditional costume is "old fashion" but for us being "old-fashion" is the way for us to remember and reflect on our old tradition and be proud of it. I would call on to the young generation out there not to shy away from wearing ngepan Iban...why not just give it a shot. 
We did just that and did not regret any single moment wearing it even though we do not look like how so called "civilised" people should look like. Anyway that was how our ancestors used to wear their costume.

With my husband's KL friends
Do you dare to be different? Wear your traditional costume for your wedding reception...Like the old Iban saying that I always hold close to : Dikelala bungai ari kayu, dikelala buah ari langgu, dikelala bansa ari jaku, dikelala adat ari penyiru, dikelala kaban ari ngepan.” 
When translated it basically says a man is known through his costume or what he wears.

I would also like to share with you our pre-wedding photoshoot in the ngepan Iban. This pre-wedding was take by Andy Phe Photography at Sarawak Cultural Village last March 2012...Johnney & Veeky's pre-wedding photoshoot


Anonymous said...

Wow you guys look totally AWESOME! really makes a big difference to the wedding. Salute you for it and I hope you've started a new trend that others will follow :)

Veeky Leonora said...

Thank you..thinking out of the box can make a big difference..not much cost anyway as the costume (the one I'm wearing) is my own and my husband's was rented at a minimal price.I believe in preserving our culture particularly it's becoming extinct day by day..

Anonymous said...

Hi, you look gorgeous in your ngepan kumang!

You have any idea where I can hire a nice traditional costume like the one you have in KL? i'm currently looking for a traditional costume for a function.

I would love to wear this on stage to show to our guests and colleagues the nice traditional costume we have from East M'sia.


Kusnylia Sayan said...

hye ! awesome ! i would like to ask.. im looking for this costume.. may i know where i can rent this costume in SIBu or Bintulu ?

Veeky Leonora said...

hi there Kusnylia, it's great that you are interested to wear one..anyways I have a friend who rents out Iban costume almost like mine...his name is sandine Bennidect..try to add him from my Facebook..


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kayee ding said...

Hey , do u rent iban costume ? :)

Veeky Leonora said...

Sorry I don't at the moment..there are a few of my friends (in Sarawak) who do renting...

Anonymous said...

hey, i agree with u and actually i plan to do the same thing like yours for my wedding too, but maybe with more traditions. :) cheerios!

CosCJ said...

hello veeky, aku tu deka betanya:
kemaia ari tu maioh keresa ngepan ka dijual org nyak enda sebaka baka keresa kitai dulu kelia. Dini kini ndur aku ulih ngiga keresa baka ke dikena nuan nya? Ka meli ke bala anak aku. Bangat tusah ka nemu urg bisi bejual tauka begaga ke keresa ngepan baka dlu kelia.

Veeky Leonora said...

Hi CosCJ

Perengka ngepan aku asal nya maioh ari kedai antik ba waterfront Kuching, uji nuan ngiga ba BONG GALLERY, JOHN GALLERY dia bisi utai lama. ko urang ba lubuk antu agi bisi maioh utai lama, tang aku nda kala kia, bisi siti kedai ke ba ujung pasar nyual utai lama...

CosCJ said...

thanks veeky

meda gaya enti bisi lepa, ka ga ngabas lubok antu. enti nyema bisi, manah meh nyak.

kati baka rawai wai, bisi nda nuan nemu urg ka landik begaga ke utai bkanyak. aku kala macha blog nuan madah ka rawai bnung direpair... nyak alai aku ka ngiga urg ke landik meh, enti nuan bisi ngelala.

Veeky Leonora said...

hi, nti ngaga rawai nda aku nemu...ngarap ka bisi urang nyual ba lubuk antu.

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nasilemak said...

So very traditional and nice. I admire traditional costumes of all types. But us said u felt cold since your shoulders were not covered, but i think u would have felt the same in a western type strapless gown?...:)