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26 June, 2009

Kadazandusun Girls from Sabah, Borneo

Kadazandusun Girls from Sabah are a common sight to see when you visit Sabah. I went to Monsopiad Cultural Village to experience the living museum of the Kadazandusun culture. The MCV is a really great place to learn and know about the local lifestyle, heritage and culture. They have live performances, dances, a restaurant and also workshops on beadwork. There were many local girls and women working in full traditional attire which was nice to photograph.

Monsopiad Cultural Village - Rungus girls pose on a bridge

Kadazandusun Girls are found throughout Sabah and are the largest ethnic category in Sabah or Borneo and there are about forty (40) sub categories under this group along. Most popular being the Kadazan, Kadazandusun, Rungus, Murut and Bajau people of Sabah.

Monsopiad Cultural Village - Rungus girls with full attire

Some of the Kadazandusun girls I came across were not camera shy and willingly posed for me with their beautiful Rungus attire. The Rungus people are mainly found in the Kudat district of Sabah. The local name for the Rungus top is banat tondu while the knee length skirt is called tapi rinugading. The Rungus people are also well know for their beadwork and costumes and the Rungus Girls wear them beautifully here.

Murut girl wearing a traditional Murut top and knee length skirt

Girl wearing a Kadazan Penampang top and skirt doing some intricate beadwork

Monsopiad Cultural Village - Three lovely girls wearing Murut designs

If you enjoy seeing ethnic cultures, Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia would be the best place to start. I always enjoy going back over and over as there is so much to learn about the Kadazan Dusun culture in Sabah.

Kadazandusun girls from Sabah are also great to photograph especially when they are in the full traditional attire. One of the best times to do this is during the Sabah Fest or during the Kaamatan Festival (Pesta Kaamatan) which is the Harvest Festival for Sabah usually during the entire month of May.




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If you are ever visiting Sabah, make sure you spend some time to visit some of the interesting places where you can see the cultural heritage and also for a chance to see the local Kadazandusun Girls from Sabah Borneo.
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3 comments:

~ ♥ J E SS I C A . T said... 28 June 2009 02:15

theyre pretty in their very own authentic ways. very tribal though!

:) cheers

David Jr said... 28 June 2009 02:25

Hello Jessica, thank you for the visit and comment. Yes they are. I totally agree with you. I find them interesting compared to the city life we are used to. I do have more tribal women in pics which I will post soon.

David

Hencik feraRi said... 21 January 2014 18:21

this is interesting. can i use it for my assignment sir?

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