Sunday, November 1, 2009

Royal Headdress or Tengkolok Diraja

All the four series of Malaysian banknotes are depicted with the portrait of first Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Malaysia. The royal uniform of Yang Di Pertuan Agong includes the Royal Headdress or is known as Tengkolok Diraja which is also part of the Royal Regalia of Malaysia.

Portrait of the first Yang Di-Pertuan Agong with Tengkolok Diraja.

Many centuries ago, the Malay Rulers during the Malay Sultanate have been wearing the Tengkolok or the Malay headdresses as part of the royal regalia. Tengkolok is made up by embroidered silk folded in different styles. The style of folding is called solek and there are various styles depending on the tradition of the royal family of the particular states. The colour of the Tengkolok is also varies from one state to another.

The Royal Headdress or Tengkolok worn by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong during his installation is made of black fabric embroidered with gold thread. It is folded in the style called "Dendam Tak Sudah" which originated from state of Negeri Sembilan. The crescent and the 14-point stars that made from white gold together of Coat of Arms of Malaysia is placed at the middle of Tengkolok that represents the state of Malaysia.


Tengkolok of Yang Dipertuan Agong Malaysia

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