H. Ling Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. 2V. Borneo.
a labong or head-dress, and a takai buriet, or seat mat ; the full dress consists of the above with the addition of a klambi or jacket, and a dangdong or shawl. The ornaments are grunjong, langgu, tinggu, kongkong, rekong, simpai, tumpa, tinchien, ngkrimok or AAAs. The female attire is very simple, consisting of a bidang or short petticoat when at home, and a klambi or jacket when out of doors. By way of ornament the women wear in addition to the finger rings, necklaces, and bracelets which are described later on, other ornaments peculiar to their sex, styled balong, tusok penchieng, tina, ranghi, lurniet or tinchien, selong and gelang ghirieng, all of which are described in due order." (Brooke Low.)
Tanjong takup, or Shell Vine Leaf.
Worn by little
girls. (Brooke Low Coll.)
Little Girl's Girdle and Shell. W. Borneo.
The dress of the Batang Lupar people is thus described by the Rajah as being very " plain, and their costume is far from graceful. Boots of brass wire are attached to their legs from ankle to knee, a scant cloth around the middle, and strings of brass rings, beads, and wires encumber their bodies all the way up to their breasts ; bead bracelets are around the neck, and armlets of brass encircle the wrists, to correspond with the leggings. This is full dress; but when in mourning, they cast off these ornaments and use stained rattans around the waist instead, to be replaced by the finery when a head is brought into the country, for gaieties prevail on such occasions. How they can clamber hills and mountains, and work at farming, with such a weight attached to their bodies, is a marvel. Several have been drowned in consequence of these weights, when their small boats have swamped. They also sleep in this gaudy paraphernalia, and one has some cause to pity the bed-fellows of these brazen images.' (ii. 168.) Mr. D. S. Bailey writes from Simanggang thus: " A girl from Rantau Panjai, in the ulu, was being conveyed to her wedding feast, when the boat upset, and, as is usual in such cases up river, the enormous weight of her brass ornaments carried her to the bottom immediately." (S.G- 1895, p. 14.)
Malanau Gold Buttons.
Worn along the sleeves of women's jackets. Weight, \oz.
(In the possession of Mrs. F. k. O Maxwell.)(In the possession of Mrs. F. k. O Maxwell.)