Dr Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah


Senior Assistant Professor, Academy of Brunei Studies


Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah is the Director and a Senior Assistant Professor at the Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She was Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1st July 2014 to 30 June 2016. She was also an appointed member of the Secretariat Committee of the Supreme Council of Malay Islamic Monarchy since 2009 to 2015. She holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia. Her research interest on material culture focusing on traditional woven textiles in Brunei Darussalam. Her recent book “Kain Tenunan: Pakaian Beradat Istiadat Kebudayaan Melayu Brunei Darussalam” was published by the Brunei Museums Department in 2014 and her other book entitled “Textiles and Identity in Brunei Darussalam’ was published in 2007 by White Lotus Press, Bangkok. She had also written several articles based on her research and have her works published internationally such as in Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from New Generation of Women, ‘Our Ethnic Identity’ in Image and Identity: Custom and Costume exhibited online by International Museum of Women based in the USA. . Her works are also published in local and regional journals, as well as presented them in conferences organised nationally and internationally. Her interview entitled “The Timeless Tradition of Textile Weaving in Brunei Darussalam” in a tv program called A Journey Through Aesthetic Realm was recorded by Supreme Master TV of Taiwan and was aired for international audiences. The interview was also uploaded on You Tube. She was one of the members of the consultation team lead by Dr Noor Azam Haji-Othman on the Youth Perception of the Arts in Brunei Darussalam, which was completed and submitted to the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports.


Brunei Material Culture (Traditional Textiles), Brunei Customs and Traditions, Malay Islamic Monarchy


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Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh, Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah and Noor Azam Haji-Othman. 'Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Bruneian Society' in Comparative Studies in ASEAN Cultures and Societies. pg 1-44. Bangkok: ASEAN and Asia Studies Center, National Institute of Development Administration.
Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. Golden Woven Fabrics of Brunei Darussalam. Tungku: Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. 2017
Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. 'Brunei Culture through its Textiles Weaving Tradition' in Suvannabhumi: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. pg 113-129. Vol 8 (2). 2016.
Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. 'Peranan Golongan Intelektual Brunei Dalam Konsep Melayu Islam Beraja' in Brunei Merdeka: Kumpulan Artikel Sempena Memperingati Sambutan 30 Tahun Hari Kebangsaan Negara Brunei Darussalam. Dr Haji Asbol Haji Mail, Dr Hj Awang Mohd Yusop bin Hj Awang Damit and Awang Rosli Haji Ampal (Editors). Pg 183-198. Bandar Seri Begawan: Persatuan Sejarah Brunei. 2016.
Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. ‘Meanings of Traditional Textiles Consumption in Brunei Darussalam’. Berita Malaysia/Singapore/ Brunei Studies Group Association for Asian Studies, Special Spring Issue 2015, pp. 27-39. 2015.
Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. ‘Penggunaan Manik di Negara Brunei Darussalam: Manifestasi Keindahan dan Identiti’. Temuan Arkeologi, Linguistik, Sejarah dan Budaya SeBorneo: kumpulan Kertas Kerja. Pg 45-56. Bandar Seri Begawan: Jabatan Muzium-Muzium Brunei. Brunei Darussalam. 2014.
Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. ‘Sejarah Sosio-Budaya Kraftangan di Brunei Darussalam: Barangan Logam dan Kain Tenunan’ in Susur Galur. pg 29-40. Vol 2(1). 2014


Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. Textiles and Identity in Brunei Darussalam. Bangkok: White Lotus. 2007
Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. Kain Tenunan: Pakaian Beradat Istiadat Kebudayaan Melayu Brunei Darussalam. Bandar Seri Begawan: Jabatan Muzium-Muzium. 2014.
Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. ‘Transformation in Mode of Clothing in Brunei Darussalam and its Impact on Identities’ in Borneo Research Journal. Vol 4. 193-208. 2010
Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah. Golden Woven Fabrics of Brunei Darussalam. Tungku: Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. 2017


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Yes, provides consultancy