All About Balinese Traditional Clothing

October 13, 2017

Balinese Traditional Clothing

You may be familiar with the Balinese signature style of clothing. Yes, you can see the Balinese people wearing traditional attire when there are ceremonies or events. In temples or historical places, it is mandatory to wear Balinese traditional clothing to enter. Every district in Bali has its own style, but, the use and its parts are the same.

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Every Balinese traditional attire is differentiated into male and female styles and is divided into 3 levels. In this week's newsletter, we will discuss the traditional clothing of the Balinese people. Read on to learn more.

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As mentioned above, that Balinese traditional clothing can be divided into 3 levels. The first level and also the highest level called "Payas Agung". This level of traditional clothing reflects luxury, wealth, and glory. Payas Agung is the complete and most formal version of Balinese traditional clothing and is usually worn during important ceremonies including wedding, Potong Gigi, orMede'engPayas Agung makes the wearer appear as kings and queens thanks to its elaborate accessories including the Keris (traditional dagger for men), earrings, necklaces, crownand many more.

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The second level is called "Adat Lengkap". These types of clothing are less elaborate than the Payas Agung, meant more to show respect and politeness. The Balinese will wear Adat Lengkap when there is a ceremony in a temple or homes and to pray. The men will wear Udeng, white shirt for praying and Saput and the women will wear KebayaKamben to replace pants and Selendang or shawl.

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The third level of Balinese traditional clothing is called Adat Madya. At this level, the most casual version of Balinese traditional clothing, the men would only wear UdengKamben, and Selendang and the women will wear Kamben and Selendang. The formal tops are replaced with shirts or t-shirts. The Balinese people don Adat Madya when attending sangkep (traditional meeting in a village), give daily offerings, or just as part of their daily routine. 

In today's modern age, Balinese traditional clothes have been modified and there are a lot of variations. But still, Balinese people will follow the basic rules of clothing from those 3 levels when dressing. Do you like the Balinese way of dressing? Let us know what you think! Do share with your family and friends and your holiday snaps, stories and videos with us. Follow us on Facebook andInstagram and tag us for a chance to be featured!