Kebaya

The kebaya is an open tunic with long sleeves, a collarless neck and front opening. It is a hip-length garment and is gently shaped to flatter the figure. This white kebaya is made from voile. It is sparsely decorated with embroidered white stylised floral motifs. The use of embroidery on the kebaya allowed Nyonyas to have greater leeway to customise their own individual piece, so that the chances of them wearing an identical piece with someone else were greatly reduced. Being of a translucent material, this garment would have been worn with an inner, possibly long-sleeved undershirt.

Date/Period
1930-1940s
Region
Straits Settlements and Indonesian Archipelago
Dimension
Gross measurement: 65 x 122 cm
Accession No.
2011-01290
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee
Category
Garments and Accessories

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