Indonesia National Costume; Kebaya

If japan has kimono, korea has hanbok, india has sari, then in malay we have “kebaya”. In every formal events, such as wedding party, malay women, including indonesian women,  wear kebaya.

A Kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination that originates from Indonesia and worn by women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, southern Thailand. It is sometimes made from sheer material such as silk, thin cotton or semi-transparent nylon or polyester, adorned with brocade or floral pattern embroidery. Kebaya usually worn with a sarong or batik kain panjang, or other traditional woven garment such as ikat, songket with a colorful motif. (source: Wikipedia)

The kebaya is the national costume of Indonesia, although it is more accurately endemic to the Javanese, Sundanese and Balinese peoples.

Modern era has customized kebaya into various designs and colours.

Indonesia has some famous designers who design various modern kebaya. Check those links for further information.

Anne Avantie

Marga Alam

Ferry Sunarto

Kebaya usually combined with javanese traditional hair style “konde” or modern “sanggul”.

                                                                modern “sanggul”

It can also combined with hijab nowaday for muslim women.

How it was used -in my cousin wedding party.


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