Silat is actually the Malay art of self-defence, which has many forms, styles or branches.
Silat is a series of movements in which two exponents demonstrate gracefully how to fence and defend themselves.
While not in the strict sense, a dance, it has nonetheless been included here as the movements are often choreographed into a dance sequence.
Silat has emerged as a popular demonstration of Malay strength and bravery especially during auspicious occasions such as weddings.
The performance was traditionally done by males only but it can also be performed by female dancers.
The dancers wear complete but simple Malay costumes, usually black in colour with a band of cloth tied around their heads.