Ngajat Semain


This traditional dance is performed to entertain invited guests and guest of honors during big function invited by the Chief Community of the Dayak people call the Iban.

It symbolize the happy ending of another cycle of padi planting season, welcoming the God of Farming to the feast and giving thanks for the bountiful and successful harvest.

In the past, a “Ngajat Semain” was performed by young Iban boys and girls who have just complete their Ngajat lessons taught to them after the heavy work of clearing the forest and burning season is over. The tempo of this Ngajat performed by the girls is slow and graceful displaying the beautiful design pattern of the newly completed “Pua Kumbu” woven by the girls during the farming cycle.

As for the young boys, the tempo is also slow displaying their martial artistic and balancing skills in preparation to enter their adulthood life. This means that they will take more adult responsibility in the next farming season. This is also an opportunity for them to display their beautiful costumes, headgears, amulets such as Engkerimok, Simpai, Tumpa Bala and of course their new fully decorated swords and its design.

At the present day, the Ngajat music and dance are perform to preserve the Iban Culture and for the younger generation to value the unique of it.

Pua kumbu weaving class

The Dayak Association of Miri Women’s Section will be organising the Pua Kumbu Weaving (Nyungkit) Class beginning 1st of July 2009. The class will be held from 8.00am – 4.00pm daily on Mondays to Fridays during the period at Ruai Francis Loke located on the 3rd floor of Rumah Dayak Miri.

The main objective of the weaving class is to maintain, perpetuate and promote greater awareness and skill of our traditional native culture and art amongst members of the local Dayak Communities.

This event is open to all members and non-members of the Dayak Association Miri. Those interested in Weaving Class 2009 (Nyungkit Method), please don’t be hesitating to contact us at:

Dayak Association Miri
Lot 1088 & 1089, 3rd Floor, Rumah Persatuan Dayak Miri
Jalan Merpati, 98000 Miri, Sarawak
Tel.: +6 085 435467 Fax: +6 085 429714
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