KnE Social Sciences | 3rd UNJ International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training 2018 (3rd ICTVET 2018) | pages: 436–444

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1. Introduction

The existence of traditional art in this term is bugih cloth (bugis silk) as a part of the Minangkabau cultural society that can't be separated from the custom principles which related with the ceremonial tradition. It can be noticed by bugih cloth (bugis silk) through the variety style as Minangkabau cultural determination and for the user in special. Weaving traditional material of Mandar such bugih cloth (bugis silk) is called by traditional material.

Traditional materials as an very important cultural pattern, as quoted by [1] traditional costume is a costume that is worn by Penghulu Datuk and Bundokanduang is not only to cover the body (body's cover) but also has a value symbols that can be a principle as hermeneutical of human life. Based on the explanation above [2] also stated that decorative variety of bugih cloth can be used for the traditional costume that has elements pattern and symbolic meaning constantly (mechanics solidarity) and related with traditional ceremony. Every decorative bugih cloth is as a symbol of a value and has the philosophy for Minangkabau society.

Based on the hermeneutical position of Bugih cloth that has cultural value messages, so it can be seen through the variation of the decorative symbols traditional costume of Minangkabau traditional. Before going to the meaning of a beautiful cultural value, let's see [3] explained that the word 'beauty” is written by the symbol b-e-a-u-t-y. But we have to know the meaning of “beauty” has the variety of meaning, it based on the context and how it can be interpreted.

The beauty of haircut style for the teenager in the Indonesia big city 2005 is mow hawk style and smeared by jelly. the beauty of the hair of official employee wives with the haircut of high teased. The beauty of artwork for the artist contemporary is different with the beauty of the traditional artwork for traditional artist. The word “beauty” can be interpreted in many definitions it based on the context of the correlation. Hermeneutical can be defined as an interpretation skill, defining and interpreting a text in a certain context.

Next, as it explained before that hermeneutical used to express the hidden values of philosophies text, religious, astrology, and alchemy but nowadays it can be expanded and it can be interpreted as a method to measure the value of every cultural expression. Such as; an effort to describe the values in symbolic meaning of one culture with different society, or as an official that showed in the television, and also it can be said as a hermeneutical practice.

The famous France philologist defined that the interpretation of an assessment as “moral effort to describe the hidden definition of a meaning that to be seen directly, or to discover the level of the presupposed in literal meaning” [3].

Then, it is not wonder that in assessing context of a word or in a creative is basically very opened through the next assessment, and it could be contrast with the reality or it is addressed by the writer or society purposes toward the assessment or the interpretation of their creatives.

Therefore, moral values of the culture that is derived through the symbols of bugih cloth and it can be interpreted through the universe symbols. Those symbols described in traditional clothing and determined the style culture in every social values of previous Minangkabau society. Although in the society, cannot be defined as a massive changing of clothing style in Minangkabau society. Based on the previous explanation, this research aims to look at the function of traditional clothing and analyze hermeneutically (interpretation of meanings) motive forms that contain symbolic values on Bugih cloth. This research is expected to be able to reveal the hermeneutical meaning of Bugih cloth in order to provide an understanding of meaning of the Bugih cloth symbol and its functions in traditional Minangkabau tradition events.

2. Methods and Data Collections


This research used descriptive qualitative research model with a single case [4]. The location of the research was in West and East Payakumbuh.

In the qualitative research, the research as a first instrument that involved in the research and doing by himself in collecting the information through observation, interview, and document study [5].

Data collections

The collecting data technique is: 1) in-dept interviewing [6]. The informant of the research is the person who has many information about the research object in this context the headman, biological mother, the head of kerapatan Minangkabau culture, the custom man; 2)the observation is done directly by visiting the research location [7] participation observation is used in this section, unistructural observation [8], through written document (hardcopy) electronics document (softcopy) [7]; [9]. this research used documents of bugih cloth collections from the research location and the images of the last traditional ceremony.


The data validity development techniques of this research is triangulation techniques [10]. [11] and [4] concluded there are 4 basic triangulation techniques as follows; 1) observe the validity of data resources through interview, document study and observation; 2) Investigator triangulation; by comparing the relevant research's result with the problem of the research; 3) Triangulation theory were done through the pattern, correlation by supporting explanation that appears in the analysis and in order to find out the theme or comparative explanation [8]; and 4) triangulation methodology were done by collecting the similar data with different methodology. The similar data collected were compared and concluded on more data validity.

Analysis technique of this research is more inductive than interactive analysis technique where every data collected were in interacted and compared with other data unit [12].

3. Result and Discussion

Decorative variation is an arrangement of decorative pattern that used ornamental motif with a certain concept of a field and create a beautiful pattern. It can be a weaving material, handart (batik in example), songket, engraving, stone/wood sculpture. Decorative variation ca be stylized (stylization)so the shape is varies. Decorative variation is usually addressed to a unit of a culture in certain time, so it can be a clue for the historian.

The function of Bugih Cloth in every ceremonial as follows;

1) Sasampiang Bugih cloth as the bottom body's cover, 2) Tengkuluk Bundokanduang as head's cover that made creatively, 3) Sandang is a Bugih cloth it wore by draping on the right shoulder to left lateral then it is dangling freely, 4) belt in silat art performance [13].

Figure 1

Penghulu's inauguration ceremony.

Figure 2

Meeting with Religious Leaders.

Figure 3

Bundo Kanduang Headgear.

Figure 4

Consultation at Balai Adat.

Figure 5

Receive Official Guests.

Figure 6

Silat Art Clothes.


The meaning of Bugih cloth in Minang traditional clothes

The purpose of the conclusion of a word, the definition and the objects are connected and united. If a word can't be derived with the object, we could not find the definition of it at all [14]. As sasampiang wore not in a high nor in low position as the elder of the principle.Patuik senteng tak buliah dalam, patuik dalam indak bulieh senteng. It means it should be a consideration in every decision making of traditional pattern. Tingkuluak Bundo Kanduang. As a head cover of elder in Gadang house and it should be made of the greatest material. It has black color consists of tahan tapo means strong of every magic trials of the society.

Clothing. As an crucial wear accessories that derives the authority of a leader. Belt. The value of bugih cloth belt is as an authority and power. [15] stated that the decorative variation of bugih cloth means 1. related with the universe symbols, 2. moral value of human such as; honesty, justice, consistence and truth. 3. self-control concept toward the four concupiscent of human: fire, wind, soil and wind

Hermeneutical approach through Bugih cloth that involves symbolical values

Symbolic value of bugih cloth is used to describe the hidden meaning of philosophy messages, religious, astrology, and alchemy but nowadays it can be expanded and it can be interpreted as a method to measure the value of every cultural expression. Such as; an effort to describe the values in symbolic meaning of one culture with different society, or as an official that showed in the television, and also it can be said as a hermeneutical practice.

4. Conclusion

The conclusion of this study is based on the hermeneutical approach analysis that has to be done as the last research procedure dan the result can be explained as follows;

Bugih cloth can be one of the traditional costume for custom elders in the relational system of Minangkabau west Sumatera society context, the existence of bugih material has a place in Minang traditional costume, beside it has elegant and beautiful texture, glowing with a good silk yarn, bugih cloth is dominated and decorative by square geometrics and dark color. Square decorative has a strong meaning, prestige, elegant, and stability. Dark color in Minang culture perspective meaning has the power, magic and tahan tapo.

Based on the depth interview between the researcher and the volunteer in the location of the study created perspectives of imagination and temptation that have to be discussed for apply this recommendation. Most of the informant opinions includes the headman (ketua adat), Bundokanduang and also the women who collect bugih cloth should be supported and need to be given special attention to be used for the benefit of preserving the nation's cultural heritage. The findings of study emphasize that the Bugih cloth must always be present in every traditional ceremony because it contains values (sturdy, strong and elegant), this trait must be possessed by a leader in Minangkabau.


This work was supported by the research grant from Kementerian Riset, Teknologi dan Kependidikan Tinggi, Indonesia.


The authors would like to thank their colleagues for their contribution and support to the research. They are also thankful to all the reviewers who gave their valuable inputs to the manuscript and helped in completing the paper.

Conflict of Interest

The authors have no conflict of interest to declare.



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