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Pekan Gawai Dayak 2016 : Beauty Contest in Kota Pontianak, Indonesia

Location : Kota Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.

Our second visit to a crowded Rumah Radakng was in the evening with the contest to pick the ‘King’ & ‘Queen’ as the highlight event. West Kalimantan’s most handsome men and fairest ladies walk the stage to be judged for their looks as well as their fashion designs.  The most striking part of their tribal influenced costumes was the headgears. Mostly, feathers of hornbill and pheasant were used while for others beads and tree bark. Obviously, the ladies were more artistic and had a wider range of creativity in this area. Bujang Dara, authentic, culture, event, Pekan Gawai, harvest festival, Pontianak, native, Indonesia, Rumah Radakng, Tourist attraction, obyek wisata, traditional, tribal, tribe, 婆罗洲原著民丰收节日 Beauty contest, authentic, Indigenous, budaya, event, harvest festival, native, Borneo, Indonesia, Kalimantan Barat, Tourism, tourist attraction, traditional, travel guide, tribal, 婆罗洲原著民丰收节日 Beauty contest, authentic, Indigenous, culture, Pekan Gawai, native, Borneo, Kalimantan Barat, Rumah Radakng, Tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, tribal, tribe, transborder. 婆罗洲原著民丰收节日 Beauty contest, authentic, Indigenous, budaya, culture, harvest festival, native, Borneo, Indonesia, Kalimantan Barat, Tourism, tourist attraction, traditional, travel guide, tribal, 婆罗洲原著民丰收节日 Beauty contest, authentic, Indigenous, culture, event, Dayak harvest festival, native, Borneo, Kalimantan Barat, Tourism, tourist attraction, traditional, tribal, tribe, transborder. 婆罗洲原著民丰收节日 Beauty contest, authentic, Indigenous, budaya, event, Borneo, Pekan Gawai Dayak, harvest festival, native, Kalimantan Barat, Rumah Radakng, tourism, traditional, tribal, tribe, 婆罗洲原著民丰收节日

The men were overly ‘traditional’ which actually hindered their creativity.

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Simple but nice headgear

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Pemilihan Dara

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Very authentic Bidayuh style

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That dress made of glass beads must weigh a ton! So sweet

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Pekan Gawai Dayak Exhibition Booth

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Pak Petrus doing his bit for the Bekati fashion as he strolled around Rumah Radakng obliging to every photo request from the crowd. Long live the Panglima!

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