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 did...me 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