Fashion sense nowadays is becoming a much needed thing for every person either it is a man or a woman. People can get an idea about the personality of the person by looking at the way a person is dressed up and carrying himself. For a lady it is more important that a man of equal ranking to be conscious about her dressing because a woman is supposed to be the beauty of the world. In a way how you look and what you wear has a huge impact on your everyday life.
Malaysia, though a small country, is a very popular place round the world. It is a highly sought after tourist spot and is liked by everyone who visits it. Malaysia has a very rich cultural heritage; it has people of all the religions living peacefully. Due to this diversity of cultures, the fashion industry of Malaysia is also very diverse and all kind of fashions can be appreciated in Malaysia. Globalization of this world has also lead to globalization of the western dressing sense and most of the youth of the Malaysia are now following the western fashion industry. Therefore, the traditional fashion trends of Malaysia are being neglected due to this.
If we start reviewing the fashion trends that have been seen in Malaysia, the trend of wearing the traditional costumes of Malay culture is still alive. Bajukurung, which when translated loosely means “enclosed dress”. This is the national dress of Malaysia, but it is not only limited to Malaysia but also worn in countries like Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. In the beginning the early bajukurung which was used was more loose and longer than the versions that are worn today the unflattering designs was popular because it hid the body of a Muslim female which is one of the requirement of the Muslim religion. Although it is a dress which is worn by the Muslims of the Malaysia, it is also preferred by the Chinese and the Hindus minorities because of the modest design and comfort that it offers.
Although when one says the word bajukarang it usually stands for both the male and female version of the dress but now a day in Malaysia bajukarang usually refers to the female garments. A traditional bajukarang comprises of a shirt and a skirt. The shirt is usually loose and the length of the shirt is somewhere between the knees and the hips. The sleeves are usually full and the shirt is usually collarless. The skirt is made up of one clothe and there are folds on the side. Nowadays the bajukarang are usually bright in color and have geometrical patterns on them. They are made out of silk as well which suites the fashion. In more conservative places, a hijab is worn with it by the females. The male bajukarang which is more popularly known as the bajumelayu is made up of trousers which are long and loose worn with a shirt which is lode in fitting too.