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  • Writer's pictureSinar Saredah

How to Clean a Bidayuh Vest

The Bidayuh vest, a significant part of traditional attire in Sarawak, requires careful handling to maintain its intricate designs and cultural significance. Here's a guide on how to clean it effectively:

a bidayuh vest

Materials Needed:

Mild detergent

Cold water

Soft cloth


Padded hanger

Steps by step guide to clean a bidayuh vest

Inspect and Pre-treat Stains:

Examine the vest for any visible stains. Use a soft cloth dipped in mild detergent solution to gently dab the stained area.

Hand Wash:

  • Fill a basin with cold water and add a small amount of mild detergent.

  • Submerge the vest and gently agitate the water to loosen dirt.

  • Avoid scrubbing to prevent damage to the fabric and designs.


Rinse the vest thoroughly with cold water to remove all detergent residues.


  • Gently squeeze out excess water without wringing the vest.

  • Lay the vest flat on a towel and roll it up to absorb moisture.

  • Unroll and lay it flat to air dry in a shaded area. Avoid direct sunlight to prevent fading.


If necessary, iron the vest on a low heat setting, using a pressing cloth to protect the fabric and designs.


Store the vest on a padded hanger to maintain its shape and prevent wrinkles. Keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Or you can opt for the easiest option:

The next best thing is to just send it to our dry cleaners and we will handle it for you.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your Bidayuh vest remains in excellent condition, preserving its beauty and cultural heritage.

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