Baju panjang

The ‘baju panjang’ is a hip or knee length long tunic with a v-shaped opening for the head. This piece is made of salmon pink silk and embellished with flower motif. The ‘baju panjang’, being long and loose fitting, is suitable for the hot, humid climate in Southeast Asia as it allowed for better ventilation. Early photographs from the mid 1850s reflect the garment, with its loose conservative form, and muted tones of natural dyes as the style of the day. In the early decades of the 20th century, these became more colourful with the introduction of synthetic dyes.

Indigenous Name
Baju panjang
Date/Period
1930s-1950s
Region
Penang
Dimension
Object size: L138.0 x W116.5 cm
Accession No.
2000-01236
Material
FAB/SLK
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Garments and Accessories