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  • Writer's pictureSinar Saredah

How to Clean a Ngepan Indu

The Ngepan Indu, the traditional attire of Iban women, is a beautiful ensemble requiring delicate care to preserve its intricate details and cultural significance. Here’s a guide on how to clean it:

ngepan indu

Materials Needed:

  • Soft detergent

  • Distilled water

  • Soft cloth

  • Small Towels

  • Padded hangers

  • Cotton

Step-by-step Guide:

Inspect and Pre-treat Stains:

Examine each piece for stains. Use a soft cloth with mild detergent solution to gently dab the stains.

Hand Wash:

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

Submerge the items (sugu tinggi, marek empang, kain kebat) individually, gently agitating the water to loosen dirt. Avoid scrubbing.


Rinse thoroughly with cold water to remove all detergent residues.


Gently squeeze out excess water without wringing. Lay each piece flat on a towel and roll it up to absorb moisture. Unroll and lay flat to air dry in a shaded area. Avoid direct sunlight.

Ironing (if necessary):

Iron on a very low heat setting with a pressing cloth to protect the fabric and designs.


Store each piece on padded hangers to maintain shape and prevent wrinkles. Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Make sure the area is has good ventilation and air passing through.

Do's and Don't of cleaning a Ngepan Indu

  • Jewelry and Metal Components: Clean silver jewelry pieces like the lampit and rawai with a soft cloth and silver polish. Avoid soaking these in water.

  • Beadwork and Embellishments: Handle beadwork with extra care. If severely stained, consider consulting a professional cleaner specializing in delicate and traditional garments.

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