KUCHING, May 12: True to the channel’s slogan of ‘Fresh and Inspiring’, TVS lady anchors were all dolled up in Keringkam selendang and selayah (shawl and scarf) to showcase the uniqueness of Sarawak’s heritage while bringing news to people across the nation this Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season.
Keringkam selayah or selendang of Sarawak is a beautiful and intricate headscarf widely worn by Sarawakian Malay women.
The distinctive motifs and patterns handcrafted with fine embroidery work, using gold and silver-coloured threads, are what makes the Keringkam now a family heirloom piece.
According to a media release today, TVS news anchors of various races donned the Keringkam to portray unity and empowerment of women in the broadcast industry while preserving the cultural heritages of Sarawak.
The news anchors are Marzella Sigai for Iban News at 4pm and 7pm, Jessica John for Iban News at 11am and TVS Utama at 8pm, Handy Gui for Ringkas at 12pm and English News at 5pm, and Jeerydine Chan for Re Bao mandarin news at 6pm.
Handy, who felt a sense of pride donning the Keringkam and Songket, said: “Although I am not of Malay descent, when given the opportunity to promote Malay culture, I can proudly say that it is my pleasure to do so.”
Meanwhile, Chan who put on the Keringkam for the first time said that being able to blend into other cultures made her extremely proud to be a Sarawakian.
“I feel like we are one regardless of religion and race,” she added. — DayakDaily