Malaysia: Malayan woman

Front view
Front view

General description: Malayan woman in traditional two-piece baju kurung

Dimensions 27 x 8 x 7.5 cm

Date when acquired 2000s

Original Date Unknown

Source Flea market in the Bochum area; present from Fritz W.


Back view
Back view


Plastic Barbie-like doll with painted features, mounted on black wooden square base (7.5 x 7.5 x 0.8 cm). Her very thick black hair is drawn back softly from the front of the face and arranged in a large bun at the back with a skew to the left. She is wearing a black hairnet to hold it in place. Around the base of the bun is a ribbon of double rick-rack braid in gold and pink. The ends of her fingers are painted red to indicate nail varnish.


Side view showing shawl
Side view showing shawl


Her baju kurung is made of a long-sleeved narrow tunic and long narrow skirt made of silk that has panels in emerald green around the hem of the skirt and the top of the sleeves. The rest is a very pale sage background with a floral pattern in pink, emerald green and a deeper sage green. The skirt has the traditional pleats on the left-hand side making it easier to move. The neckline of the tunic is square at both the front and back, with the back slightly deeper than the front. She is wearing a long pink chiffon shawl over her right shoulder that goes to her knees both at the front and back. The shawl is held in place by a brooch of three white pearls pinned to her chest. Around her neck is a gold chain with a knot in it on the right side as decoration. Her ear-rings are large round gold metal plates.

She is wearing black high-heeled shoes to complete her outfit.





Background information

As she is not wearing a headscarf, this indicates the doll is not from the more conservative states in northern Malaysia as there women often wear a headscarf (a tudung).


Source(s) of information

See Traditional Malay costume: baju kurung

Malaysia: General information



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