Have you seen this year’s Unduk Ngadau’s crown?
For those who haven’t, let me save your time googling for it.
Photo source : Melinda Louis - State Level Unduk Ngaday 2012
In my 21 years of being an avid Unduk Ngadau follower, in my opinion, this year’s crown is the most perfect representation of the Unduk Ngadau’s crowning glory. Diamoney Global Sdn Bhd, the company sponsoring the crown has been doing its research well in providing the best crown that’s definitely going to woo, not only the Unduks from all participating districts but to the crowd as well.
The design is simply elegant.
The oval design on the main frame of the crown reminds me of one of the famous crown design for the Miss Universe pageant.
Photo source: MISSOSOLOGY
However, what makes this 2013 Unduk Ngadau crown more unique and meaningful is due to its paddy stalk design in the centre of the oval frame and on both sides of the frame. When I first saw the crown, my mind instantly thought of our Harvest Festival celebration. The crown itself depicts that whoever wears the crown is the representation of our much appreciated Huminodun and merrily celebrated Kaamatan festival. Simply put, it is exclusive to our Kaamatan celebration. It is no more just-another-big-ass-crown.
The question is, will this be the last design of the Unduk Ngadau crown? Or will there be another design next year? Or the next year after that? Depending who’s going to sponsor the crown.
Let’s take a brief history tour to the much coveted Miss Universe crown.
The first crown was the priceless Romanoff crown that once belonged to Russia emperor. The crown then changed for four times before the pageant organizer decided to stick to the classic Miss Universe crown (2nd photo)) for 30 long years. Even though, the crown has gone for two more changes since 2001, show a photo of the classic crown(2nd photo) design and its fans will definitely point you to which pageant this crown belongs. Similar goes to if you ask avid beauty pageant fans to describe Miss World crown. They will at the least, answered, ” Big crown with beautiful blue gems”.
Read: History behind Miss Universe Crown
Albeit the crown isn’t a vital part of the Kaamatan celebration or even Huminodun herself (Adakah Huminodun pakai crown dulu-dulu?), having it as part of the big prizes for the Unduk Ngadau, why not make it more meaningful and can be instantly recognize as ours? If I am a former Unduk Ngadau and had been crowned with gems-filled paddy stalks design crown on it which has been the same design for years, I’m sure my future offspring will recognize the crown as the Unduk Ngadau crown. You know, significantly Kaamatan and precisely Unduk Ngadau State Level.
In my opinion, it is alright to re-design the crown, so long the essence of Kaamatan is maintained in the design. In this case, paddy stalk is apt enough.
So peeps, what do you think of the 2013 Unduk Ngadau crown?
- * The 2013 Unduk Ngadau crown is worth RM30 thousands.
- * Miss Universe 1952 - 1973 never get to bring back their crowns. Only title holders from the year 1974 onwards were given the crown as part of their prize winnings.
- * Oh yes, I have been an avid Unduk Ngadau follower since I was fourteen. Twenty-one years and counting.
Til next post!