Baju kasa gelair

This black baju panjang is made of organdie material which is known among the Nonyas as ‘kasa gelair’ (glass-like organdie) after its translucent quality.The baju panjang is a long and loose fitting tunic. This makes it suitable in the hot, humid climate of the Southeast Asian region as it allowed for ventilation, while also projecting a modest appearance. Baju panjangs were worn over sarongs (skirtcloths) and were usually fastened by 3 brooches known as kerosangs. With the introduction of the aesthetically more appealing kebaya in the early 20th century, the baju panjang began to fall out of favour with younger Nonyas. It became increasingly worn only by the older generations of Peranakan women.

Date/Period
1920-1930s
Region
Straits Settlements and Indonesia
Dimension
Gross measurement: 114 x 146 cm
Accession No.
2011-01461
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee
Category
Garments and Accessories

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