Textiles motifs and weapons symbolism in Sabah Bugis ethnic / Mohamad Azizie Nordin

Nordin, Mohamad Azizie (2020) Textiles motifs and weapons symbolism in Sabah Bugis ethnic / Mohamad Azizie Nordin. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.


The aim of the research is to study motif of the Bugis symbol in textiles motifs and weapons and to analyse Bugis symbol in Tawau, Sabah textiles motifs and weapons. The research type is descriptive qualitative approach with interview, observation, documents and literature review. Data analysis techniques in this research is ethnography Clifford Geertz. The results of the research indicated that extiles motifs and weapons have philosophy and symbolic meaning of Bugis Sabah motifs. In this study, textile for Bugis Sabah has certain symbolic meanings that are very dependent on the wearer for green colour for nobility women, red colour for teenager’s girl, orange and red colour for married women, purple colour for widows, black colour for elderly and white colour for assistants and shaman. Lippa Sabbe’ cloth also has its own meaning and philosophy. The motifs found in this Lippa Sabbe ’is Balo Tettong, Mallobang, Cobo, Balo dan Balo Renni. For weapons the structure of symbolic system is also an essential element of culture which has a definition of society's lives. These cultural values are an important and valuable aspect of one's person. This is also because the value of the culture is also a guideline that is significant enough for each human behaviour. In culture, there are ideas and values for them to learn. On the other hand, they are sure to know the elements. Pamor Polobessi functions to providing content on the values of heroism (arowaenengeng); meanwhile (abbaramparengeng is meant to be wealth. In addition, the authority known as (arajangeng) is placed in Polobessi. As conclusion, to analyse Bugis symbol we should consider the motif in weapon and textile aesthetics in Tawau, Sabah.


Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Nordin, Mohamad Azizie
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Che Cob, Saiful Akram (Dr.)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts > Home arts. Homecrafts. > Textile arts and crafts
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Art and Design
Programme: Master of Art (Visual Communication and New Media)
Keywords: Bugis symbol in textiles motifs and weapons; ethnography Clifford Geertz; Lippa Sabbe’; symbolic system; cultural values
Date: October 2020
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/59543
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