The Nyonya Kebaya: A Century Of Straits Chinese Costume
Datin Seri Endon MahmoodISBN: 0794602738;
Book DescriptionSheer, romantic, alluring, yet sedate, the Nyonya kebaya has become a recognizable and enduring Malaysian fashion icon. Originally a long, straight, Arab-inspired top of plain woven cotton, it was adopted by the Nyonyas, the womenfolk of the early Peranakan community, a subgroup of the Chinese, who gradually transformed it into a shapely, embroidered, translucent blouse, fastened with a set of chained brooches and worn with a matching hand-drawn batik sarong and beaded slippers. The Nyonyas, a mix of women from the Malay Peninsula, Java, Sumatra, Burma and Thailand who married Chinese traders in the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore from the sixteenth century, were true multiculturalists. Their knack for combining the best of cultural influences from Chinese, Malay and European, contributed to a rich Peranakan heritage well known for its distinctive cuisine, architecture, furniture, porcelain, costumes, embroidery, beadwork, silverware and jewelry. ...
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