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The Baju Kurung Worn By The Johor Princess On Her Wedding Day Was Woven By Prisoners

The traditional Malay costume was made out of Tenun Pahang Diraja, which was woven by prison inmates.

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All eyes were on the Johor princess recently as she married her Dutch fiance earlier this week

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Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim, who is Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar's only daughter, married Dennis Muhammad Abdullah on Monday, 14 August, in a day of lavish celebrations.

The akad nikah (solemnisation of marriage) ceremony was held at the royal family’s residence, Istana Bukit Serene, in Johor Bahru, in the morning, while the istiadat bersanding (sitting-in-state) ceremony was held at the Istana Besar (Grand Palace) Johor Bahru later that night.

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Tunku Aminah wore a baju kurung teluk belanga during the istiadat bersanding and Malaysians were complimenting the princess on how beautiful she looked in the simple yet elegant outfit

It was earlier reported that it was Tunku Aminah's aunt, Tengku Puan Pahang, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, who designed the dress.

However, Tunku Azizah has since clarified on Twitter that she only designed the fabric and it was Tunku Aminah herself who designed her own dress.

In the post, she also revealed that the fabric was actually woven by prison inmates from the Penor Prison in Pahang.

"A gift for my niece, Tunku Tun Aminah, woven by prisoners from Penor Prison."

According to Tunku Azizah, the baju kurung is made out of Tenun Pahang Diraja, a type of woven silk fabric.

NST reported that there are more than 200 inmates at the Penor and Bentong Prison who are dedicated to weaving Tenun Pahang Diraja while other fabrics such as songket and batik were produced from other prison centres such as Marang Prison in Terengganu and the Pengkalan Chepa Prison in Kelantan, among others.

Tunku Azizah, who has made frequent visits to prisons, is known for her work in endorsing good quality Tenun Pahang Diraja.

She has previously expressed her support for ex-convicts’ handiworks, saying that she appreciated their efforts in using their skills and creativity in the production of Tenun Pahang Diraja, especially when the demand for the product is increasing.

The Johor royal family has received praises from netizens, as many commented on how Tunku Aminah is a "real princess" that has captured the hearts of the rakyat

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Congratulations on your wedding, Tunku Aminah and Dennis Muhammad! <3

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