The presence of Indians in Malaya witnessed the beginning of costumes from the Indian Continent, especially among the Hindu-Ceylonese-Tamil as well as the Punjabi-Singhs. Indian costume is recognized by bright colours, with embroidery or weaving in gold and silver threads, sequins and gem stones.
The name ”The Land Below The Wind” not only reflects the geographical location of the state of Sabah, but also its richness in culture, tradition, history and the vast green terrain.
Kedah is also known by the names of “ Kadaram” and “Kataha”. The founder of the Kedah government was Raja Merong Mahawangsa who also ruled Patani, Perak and Siam.
Siamese influence can be seen in Kedah’s traditional costumes, amongst them the Baju Kurung Kedah which is almost similar to the Siamese short blouse and is shorter than the normal Baju Kurung. Yet it looks sweet when matched with folded sarong
Perlis is a small state in terms of area but is rich in culture and tradition. Traditional costumes like the Kebaya Labuh for women is worn with kain songket and tied neatly with its cloth head placed in front . Using the cucuk sanggul to tie their hair in a bun make them look even more elegant.
The men looked smart and handsome with their Baju Sikap and Baju Melayu Cekak Musang with high collar, five buttons and three pockets - one at the chest, and the other two at the bottom right and left sides.