The traditional kebaya will now be jointly nominated for inscription onto the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by five ASEAN countries – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
The kebaya is a long-sleeved, open-fronted upper garment made from a variety of fabrics. This traditional form of women’s clothing became highly fashionable in the region at the turn of the 20th century and is still being worn today.
For the full story, see the April 2023 edition of Textiles South East Asia.
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