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Designers need to preserve traditional dress authenticity

The Unduk Ngadau AJK led by Joanna Kitingan (middle)
The Unduk Ngadau AJK led by Joanna Kitingan (middle)

KOTA KINABALU: Traditional dress designers for Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan (UNK) for this year are urged to preserve the authenticity of their designs which need to be based on the ethnicity of the district that they represent.

UNK Sabah Level 2015 Chairman, Joanna Datuk Kitingan, said it is important to showcase the originality of an ethnic’s traditional dress which represent the district’s community.

“Every year we always receive criticism from the public on the ‘modernization’ of the traditional dress that the contestants wore.

“We do not want traditional dresses to have ‘blink-blink’ or glitter, and each district needs to elaborate the patterns on their traditional dresses with Kadazandusun Murut language,” she said.

Joanna was giving her speech for the UNK committee chairmen from district and sub-district level across the state at Dewan GC Woolley Muzium Sabah, here yesterday.

Joanna also want for the designers of evening dress for the contestants to use traditional patterns and motives from the district that they represent.

“This year, we refuse to present ‘evening dress’ attires as a modern fashion show, instead it must follow the classic, immaculate, polite, trendy, and stylish concepts as well as representing an ethnic culture.

“We want the contestant who wear these attires to feel comfortable and proud with the designs which represent their own culture,” she added.

In this regard, she hope for the local designers to design a fashionable traditional attire which can go to international level, as on par with other world-class designers.

On the UNK 2015 participation requirement, Joanna said it is open for all female Kadazandusun Murut or mixed parentage of Kadazandusun Murut from Sabah and also for Malaysian citizens.

“Contestants are also required to speak in their native language during the introduction session in the final, on 21 May 2015 which will be held at Hongkod Koisaan, KDCA Penampang. Contestants need to be single and aged between 18 to 25 years old,” she added.

Joanna also said that contestants are not allowed to participate state level UNK more than twice.

Also present is State Level UNK 2015 Vice Chairman, Philomena Engsun, and UNK Secretary, Angeline Boilis. – SayangSabah



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