Identity of the Malays refer to three phases, which are myth, philosophy and functional. The myth reflects the “Malay world”, religion and politics are philosophical and functional reflects the metaphors that visualise identity. Malay when paired with women becomes another 3 identities which are Muslim, Malay and Malaysian. Since Malaysia is a country that clearly stated (in its federal constituent) that Malay must be Muslim (in Peninsula Malaysia) therefore Malay women have to ‘act’ like one. The women nowadays not only carry domestic duties (as housewife and mother) but also become part of communal society and employers too. All these tasks refer to the changes occurred within the 7 element of the universal culture that had changed the way women think, react and visuale themselves. The enculturation that took place will either enrich the Malay culture or demolish it. In today’s society that approves plurality and multi-cultural environment, it has made people change their way of visualising themselves. Attire or fashion is like their skin. The skin creates the identity and makes what and who we are in today’s society. Therefore, this research is important to be carried out in order to find out what values left within the Malays that inspire women to dress themselves. This research will use the ethnography method in conducting this research and visual data will be described, analysed, interpreted and evaluated as findings and conclusion.
Keywords: identity, values, Malay, Islam, fashion and enculturation
Hanisa Hassan, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
Stream: Arts & Humanities
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