Though in the past, the traditional costumes of the Bidayuh were made of the soft inner barks of trees, in recent years, this have been replaced with cotton costumes. This basic costume has several variations according to the sub-groups of the Bidayuh.

Bidayuh Barkcloth A Bidayuh dancer wears barkcloth

Below are the description about the traditional costumes of Bidayuh men and women.

Men Women

Bidayuh men costume

Bidayuh women costume

The everyday dress of men consists of a long loin-cloth called tawuop or tahup, which is wrapped tidily around the body with one end hanging down in front and the other end hanging down behind. It is usually made of blue cotton cloth with red, blue and white band at the end. They also wear the headgear burang sumba, which is made of a red cloth with a narrow border of golden lace. Some men, however, prefer to wear the blue headgear ending in three broad bands of red, blue and white. Generally, men have no ornaments on their bodies except for the armlets kima and an occasional earring. The principal article of dress amongst the women is the jomuh or a short petticoat. Necklaces made of beads and the armlets of shell are the common ornaments. In some areas, for instance, in the right tributary of Sg. Sadong in Serian District and in the upper reaches of Sg. Sarawak Kiri and Sg. Sarawak Kanan, copper bangles sarim are worn on the legs from the knees downward. In some villages, they also wear copper bangles on their arms and forearms as well. These are called tankis. They wore these sarim or tankis for status symbol and protection. Girdles of silver coins and coils of fine red and black rattans are commonly worn. In some villages, however, broad belts called sodar are also worn.

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