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The Typical Traditional Clothing of East Kalimantan

East Kalimantan is a province in Indonesia which has unique and interesting customs and culture. Given that East Kalimantan is inhabited by several large tribes, one of which is the Dayak tribe.


The presence of these tribes affects their local culture to become more diverse. Like the traditional clothes that have characteristics and are fairly unique to track. Check out a review of 5 traditional clothes typical of East Kalimantan.


1. Traditional Dayak Ngaju Clothing

5 Typical Traditional Clothing of East Kalimantan
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The Dayak Ngaju tribe does not dominate the area in East Kalimantan. However, their distinctive traditional clothing and unique culture make this one tribe cannot be ignored. The Ngaju Dayak tribe will be more frequently encountered and live in Central Kalimantan. So that if in East Kalimantan there are only part of it. Their presence actually gives a new style to culture in East Kalimantan.


For traditional clothes, there is a difference between women's traditional clothing and men's traditional clothes. Their women will wear traditional clothes in the form of skirts, vests and headbands. Tie the infestation with the hornbill infocular, which is very synonymous with the Dayak tribe. On the neck fit bead necklaces and bracelets. Don't forget the belts which are also made to make you look stunning.


Meanwhile, men use a cloth covering the length below the knee. Then there is also a vest, a headband with hornbill hair on it. Men also keep necklaces, belts and wristbands. The difference is that men will be equipped with a mandau and also a wooden knife. This traditional dress is made from natural fibers, nyamun wood or siren skin which is then shaped and given a distinctive pattern and color.


These materials are of course materials that exist in nature and then also use colors from natural ingredients. The goal is of course to make it more beautiful. The variety of decorations they have is usually inspired by the beliefs of the people. Not only wood, the Dayak Ngaju tribe also sometimes make traditional clothes from natural fibers which are made into fine weaves. Make it even more unique and beautiful.


2. Custin Traditional Clothing

5 Typical Traditional Clothing of East Kalimantan
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This kustin traditional clothing is the clothes worn by the Kutai tribe. Kustin is also worn by those who belong to the upper middle class, as formal clothes for wedding ceremonies. Given the name Kustin which means clothing in the Kutai language. Generally this outfit is made of velvet bag which is black in color. The sleeves are designed with long sleeves and a high collar.


As decoration on the chest and collar will be given a pasmen. For women with leprosy, they will be given additional kelibun kuing made of silk. And women will also decorate their hair with accessories similar to Javanese bun. Meanwhile for men, generally kustin will be combined with long black pants. There is also a round hair dodot decorated with the Wapen emblem.


Even though in the past those who got married also used this traditional dress, until now there are still those who are married. This clothing has a characteristic that looks luxurious and also beautiful because it uses black velvet. This is what makes Kustin very suitable if it is used as a wedding dress. Between women and men, a different pattern is usually pinned to be the differentiator.


Kutai also still has traditional clothes called miskat clothes. This one shirt is characterized by its striking color. Most often it is used for custom ceremonies especially for the people of Kutai. Even the Regent of Kutai Kartanegara requires civil servants to wear miskat clothes on every Thursday. The shape of the Miskat shirt is similar to the Kurung shirt at the top, and at the bottom there is a motif cloth wrapped around the waist.


3. Traditional Dayak Bulang Kuurung clothing 

5 Typical Traditional Clothing of East Kalimantan
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Traditional clothing from East Kalimantan, hereinafter is Bulang Kuurung. This one outfit adds to the uniqueness of the culture of East Kalimantan. Divided into several types, this Bulang Kuurung will be distinguished by the design of the sleeves. There are those that are deliberately designed without arms, long or sticky arms and there are also those that are short sleeves or hands. This traditional dress is most often worn by shamans in East Kalimantan.


4. Traditional clothing of Bulang Burai King 

5 Typical Traditional Clothing of East Kalimantan
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If a shaman is wearing Bulang Kuurung, then the Bulang Burai King will be worn during traditional ceremonies. What makes this traditional dress unique is its characteristics looks striking. This characteristic lies in the beads and feathers of the bird. This bird feather will be worn on the head and neatly arranged. Make Bulang Burai King look more beautiful with a combination of distinctive beads and bird feathers.


5. Traditional Sapei Sapaq Clothing 

5 Typical Traditional Clothing of East Kalimantan
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Sapai sapaq clothing is a garment worn by the Dayak Kenyah tribe. Where the Dayak Kenyah are a sub-tribe of the Dayak who predominantly inhabit the East Kalimantan region. The traditional clothes are also fairly popular, known as the traditional ta'a clothes and also the traditional Sape Sapaq clothes. Where Ta'a clothes will be worn by women and Sape Sapaq clothes that will be worn by men.


The clothes between men and women, of course, have a different pattern from Ta'a clothes. The most striking difference lies in what is worn. This top is shaped like a vest combined with subordinates in the form of a loincloth or what is called an abet kaboq. This bottom looks like tight shorts. Then will be added with the mandau which will be tied at the waist.


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Meanwhile, women's clothing consists of several parts, namely the da'a or headband of the pandanus, the boss is called sapei inog and the subordinates wear a skirt called ta'a. This headband is usually worn by parents, complete with tops to subordinates. This top part will be decorated with beads of various colors. Increasingly beautify its appearance with the distinctive patterns of the Dayak Kenyah tribe.


The style itself is inspired by the existing natural wisdom. Many use plant and animal motifs. From the pattern worn by someone this will reflect the star. Patterns in the form of hornbills or tigers will show if the wearer is aristocratic. While the people will usually wear clothes with plant patterns. For the basic fabric, almost everything is black.


The presence of this traditional dress shows the diversity that is owned by Indonesia. Each tribe will present a different style, but most of them are inspired by the natural surroundings. In East Kalimantan, there are several tribes who inhabit it so that the culture is also increasingly diverse and richer. Of course, this rich cultural heritage must be maintained in order to remain sustainable and remain in place for the future.