Baju panjang

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. The decorative motifs on this lime green baju panjang are largely white floral patterns. 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. The Peranakan community in Myanmar has been historically small. Moreover, the population has assimilated into the wider Burmese society significantly over the years. Hence such baju panjangs from Myanmar Nonyas are thus considerably rare.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
Yangon, Myanmar
Dimension
Gross measurement: 114.3 x 151 cm
Accession No.
2010-03376
Material
Cotton
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Garments and Accessories