Borneo Tradition

January 4, 2009 baiklahsayang

First things first 🙂 let me explain the 1st step in the NBTW (North Borneo Traditional Wedding).

The BG (bridegroom) shall meet the B’s (bride) parents to ask for their consent. During which, a discussion regarding the hantaran is decided. Hantaran are gifts from the BG’s family. It comprises of:

  1. Clothes/Fabric – My guess is that dresses are to be made from these fabrics. However it is not compulsary for the B to wear them on her big day 🙂 infact, I’ve never seen/heard of B’s wearing them. 🙂
  2. Kain Sarung – Sarungs/Sarongs 🙂 this too is similiar to number 1 with the exception that it is not intended to be sewn to dresses. Sarungs are to be worn on itself.
  3. Handbag – yes 🙂 we get handbags hehehehehe
  4. Cosmetics – yes again 🙂 we get cosmetics as well… we get them in sets…
  5. Jewellry – u-huh 🙂 necklace, bracelet. The mother of the B gets a necklace too from her future son-in-law.
  6. Umbrella – beats me why it’s needed 😛
  7. Shoes – 🙂 teehee shoes too.

There are also miscellaneous items that differ according to regions in Borneo. Some may request for gongs – traditional brass drums or  some may ask for tajau- clay pots that are used to make rice wine/tapai.

The hantaran shall be presented to the B’s family on the day of their engagement- exchange of rings and acceptance ceremony of the hantarans. 

This is a short summary. Although it may differ , but the 7 items listed above are the general items included in the hantaran.  

So friends, I shall post pictures of my coming hantaran. 🙂 I am fortunate enough that I get to pick my own hantaran instead of my future mother-in-law.  Because I have friends that recieve suprise hantaran from their mother-in-law. 🙂 sometimes suprises are not that good. right? 😀

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  • 1. Handbags Galore! « &hellip  |  January 18, 2009 at 9:52 am

    […] BONIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Some of you may think ‘huh?’ … Bonia is a leather boutique that sources the material from Italy and has it sewn locally’. I have been eyeing on a limited edition brown leather handbag with sewn flowers motifs on it. Unfortunately it was sold off… so i took the same-flower-but-coloured instead  brown leather handbag instead hehehehe it’s suppose to be part of my hantaran teeheeeheeee… […]


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