Traditional woven textile is one of the material culture which is conspicuously consumed and plays dominant role in Brunei society.  They are used as ceremonial dress at royal weddings as well as other royal court functions.   The consumption of traditional textiles extends to other than ceremonial costumes but also used in a plethora of other paraphernalia.  In addition, traditional textiles are extensively consumed not only among the royalties but also among the commoners.  Textiles use in Brunei Darussalam is not limited to the locally produced fabrics but also extended to the imported ones.  The sustainability and continuity of the production and consumption of textiles in Brunei has been closely related to ceremonies held in the Malay culture in Brunei.  This paper examines the use of traditional textiles in contemporary Brunei society focusing on the Malays.  The incorporation of foreign textiles into Malay culture in Brunei will also be discussed.


Dr Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah
Akademi Pengajian Brunei,
Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

About the Author:
Dr Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah is a Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Brunei Studies UBD (University of Brunei Darussalam), Jalan Tunku Link, BE 1410, Bandar Seri Begawan, Negara Brunei Darussalam.

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  • Sustaining The Production and Consumption
  • Traditional Textiles
  • The Malay Culture of Brunei Darussalam

How to cite this article?

Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. (2009). Sustaining the Production and Consumption of Traditional Textiles in the Malay Culture of Brunei Darussalam. Janang, Vol 10. Bandar Seri Begawan: Akademi Pengajian Brunei