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What is the traditional costume of Brunei?

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The traditional costume of Brunei includes the baju kurung (a long tunic over a long skirt) for women and the baju cara melayu (a tunic and long pants) for men. The baju cara melayu is traditionally worn with a plaid or floral-patterned sarong called a sinjang, which extends from the waist to the knees. Although the design of such garments once denoted social status, contemporary Bruneians tend to be less aware of these signifiers.

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Women wear the baju kurung both at work and at formal occasions. Influenced by Islamic codes of dress, the costume will typically be accompanied by a headscarf.

A man will traditionally wear a simple black hat called a songkok with the ceremonial outfit, particularly for religious occasions and prayer.

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