Kebaya

The kebaya is a long sleeved garment reaching to around the waist and open in the front. This garment is believed to have been derived from the ancient ‘qaba’, an Islamic robe worn by rulers across the Middle East since the ninth century. This piece has a simple design comprising of cutwork floral motifs down the frontal hems as well as at the edge of the sleeves. A kebaya is usually worn with an inner camisole and paired with a sarong, which is a rectangular piece of dyed cotton cloth worn as a skirt by wrapping it around the waist. Together, the sarong kebaya became a distinct part of the identity of Peranakan women.

Date/Period
early 20th century
Region
Indonesian Archipelago
Dimension
Gross measurement: 76.9 x 110 cm
Accession No.
2011-01094
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee
Category
Garments and Accessories