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Alluring,
Elegant,
Beautiful.

The Nyonya Kebaya says it all, without revealing all. It evokes a romance of the past, when Nyonyas stood proud yet demure in sheer silhouttes of wonderfully embroidered voile blouses.

Sleek,
Fine,
Stunning.

The Nyonya kebaya first appeared in Baba Nyonya culture only at the beginning of the twentieth century. The earliest photos showing wearing kebaya date to the 1920s. The Nyonya kebaya came to be identified with change. As it eclipsed its precursor, the baju panjang, it signalled the emergence of the new Nyonya : modern, feminine and sensual. The rising of hemlines and the groqing decline of modest Victorian fashions in the west, as well as tightening of the silhoutte in the popular Chinese cheongsam in China’s fashionable cities, was paralleled by the emergence of the Nyonya kebaya.

History of Nyonya Kebaya

The Nyonya kebaya first appeared in Baba Nyonya culture only at the beginning of the twentieth century. The earliest photos showing wearing kebaya date to the 1920s. The Nyonya kebaya came to be identified with change. As it eclipsed its precursor, the baju panjang, it signalled the emergence of the new Nyonya : modern, feminine and sensual. The rising of hemlines and the groqing decline of modest Victorian fashions in the west, as well as tightening of the silhoutte in the popular Chinese cheongsam in China’s fashionable cities, was paralleled by the emergence of the Nyonya kebaya.