For the female, the Pahang traditional Malay costume and dress is the Baju Kurung, both of the Cekak Musang and Teluk Belanga styles.
It is therefore also loose fitting, and the long blouse with long sleeves is worn with a matching sarong. The sarong is normally of batik, tenun Pahang Diraja or songket, but other fabrics and designs are also frequently used.
As Malays are predominantly Muslims, the head of the female is usually covered with a “selendang”, “cindai”, or “kelubung” – a piece of cloth or sarong to cover the head and neck.
Another Pahang traditional costume or dress for the Malay lady, besides the Baju Kurung, is the Baju Kebaya. There are variations to this dress. But this costume is more “modern” and is more body hugging and worn either short – up to the waist – or longer down above the knee. And it is worn or complemented with a sarong, usually of batik or songket, although other fabrics with plain and colorful designs are also popular.
But the distinctive Pahang Malay traditional costume or dress for the women is the Baju Riau-Pahang, sometimes called Baju Turki. This is a long gown styled dress, cut at the front with 7 or more buttons and worn with a sarong.