Malaysia has three major cultures; Malay, Chinese and Indian. These dolls are wearing Malay style clothing. The female wears the Baju Kurung; a short tight-fitting blouse (modern kebaya) over a piece of fabric wrapped aroung the waist as a skirt (sarong). The male’s attire is the Baju Melayu; consisting of a long sleeved shirt (baju) worn over trousers (seluar), with a short sarong around the hips. The dolls are made of cloth over wire with felt heads and limbs. Both marked ‘Malaysia Singapore’ at the bottom of their stands but they are identified as being Malaysian.
Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!
Object Dolls wearing traditional costume Origin Malaysia Culture Malay Medium Cloth over wire, fabric, felt, wood, beads, lace Mark or Tag In handwriting Made by Unknown Size H 20 cm Dates from Not dated Acquired ?
Here's a postcard that matches these dolls. It shows how the people living in Malaysia are dressed in their traditional costume.
Text on the back of the postcard: 'A rubber tapper Malaysia'. Dated 1977.