Straits Chinese women

The woman on the left is wearing a western outfit while the woman on the right is wearing the traditional ‘kebaya sarong’, a close-fitting and embroidered blouse worn over a batik sarong. The collective term, “Straits Chinese”, refers to the Peranakan Chinese in the former British Straits Settlement – Singapore, Penang and Malacca. The term “Peranakan Chinese” refers to the descendents of Chinese immigrants who began settling in the Malay Archipelago in the 15th century and assimilated themselves in the local culture which eventually led to the creation of a hybrid community unique to this part of the world. The distinctive and rich Peranakan Chinese identity and culture are a result of the amalgamation of Malay, Chinese and other influences.

Early - mid 20th century
Singapore and Malaysia
Image size: 30.5 x 21.5
Accession No.
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Photographs and Negatives