The Learning Gallery Presents:The Minang Suntiang
A Suntiang is an elaborate crown worn normally by Minangkabau women in Sumatra for festive occasions. It has the shape of a radiant fan and is usually made out of a golden material (brass or copper).
A piece worn by a bride (known as an 'Anak Daro') for a wedding is called Suntiang Gadang, while the one worn by traditional dancers is called Pasumandan. For the brides of Minangkabau in West Sumatra, the Suntiang is a weighty matter – literally. These spectacular golden headdresses can weigh up to 3.5 kilograms, and must be worn during the wedding party, which usually runs for a day and a night.
Anak Daro's wear the weighty Suntiang on her head for her wedding day. It establishes the bride to carry the burden that may arise along the way as a wife and mother someday.This ornament means "Minangkabau Women are The Strong Women". Minangkabau traditions view marriage as an important transition period because the married man breaks away from their families to form their own group.