KUALA LUMPUR – A large yellow kebaya that stands 8.3 metres tall, recognised by The Malaysia E-book of Information because the Largest Kebaya Perlis in 2013, is among the many conventional clothes on show on the Secret of Kebaya Exhibition on the Saindera Gallery, Nationwide Textile Museum, right here.
The standard kebaya, crafted from a 341-m-long cloth and accomplished inside 15 days, was a testomony to the dedication of lecturers and college students from Kolej Komuniti Arau in Perlis. It was additionally featured within the Kebaya Fest Highway to Milan programme.
The Secret of Kebaya Exhibition, that includes 60 kebaya collections, is organised by the Nationwide Unity Ministry in collaboration with the Division of Museums Malaysia (JMM) and can run till Dec 31.
Additionally on show is a ‘Kebaya Kota Bharu’, fabricated from lace and paired with a batik sarong cloth with ‘ikatan jarik wiron’, as worn by well-known actresses Nur Fazura and Fatin Afeefa within the movies ‘Dendam Pontianak’ and ‘Showtime 1958,’ in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
One other spotlight is a up to date and iconic kebaya pendek set designed by the Trend Design Division of Universiti Teknologi Mara in 1986, which has served because the uniform for Malaysia Airways feminine flight attendants as much as the current day.
There are additionally kebaya clothes worn by members of the royal household, together with Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin’s lengthy kebaya, created from the Royal Pahang Weave (Tenun Pahang Diraja), was gifted to her by the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
Nationwide Textile Museum director Tengku Intan Rahimah Tengku Mat Saman stated the Secret of Kebaya Exhibition goals to help the federal government’s position and efforts in elevating kebaya below the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage and Cultural Heritage of Humanity lists.
“Kebaya is a logo of cultural heritage and holds nice significance for Malay ladies, in addition to Peranakan communities (together with Chinese language, Baba Nyonya, Chetti and Siamese) and different ethnic teams in Malaysia and different Southeast Asian international locations.
“This exhibition can function a platform to teach the general public, particularly the youthful era, in regards to the uniqueness and fantastic thing about kebaya worn by numerous communities,” she informed Bernama.
Tengku Intan Rahimah added that the exhibition showcases the distinctiveness, class, and variety of kebaya, because the nation’s nationwide id, by 5 predominant segments, specifically Kebaya Warisan Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya (Heritage of Kebaya, Previous, Current, and Without end), Potongan Gaya Kebaya (Kebaya Kinds), Kelengkapan Berkebaya (Kebaya Equipment), Kelestarian Kebaya (Kebaya Susutainability), and Kebaya Mata Dunia (Kebaya on the World Stage).
“Kebaya has been a preferred selection amongst each the aristocracy and the general public for a few years as the popular apparel for varied formal events and as informal put on.
“The distinctiveness and id of this garment could be seen by its cuts and designs. The fundamental fashion includes a cut up on the entrance with a pesak (gore), lengthy sleeves, and is secured with three pins and brooches,” she stated, including that the exhibition goals to attract 10,000 guests.
The in depth evolution of the kebaya, in accordance with Tengku Intan Rahimah, has resulted within the growth of distinct types, together with conventional, trendy, and trend kebaya.
“The standard kebaya, also called lengthy kebaya, options free and straight cuts, a entrance opening with gore, a gusset (a triangular piece below the arm), and lengthy and extensive sleeves.
“The trendy kebaya, however, has shorter and extra streamlined cuts; it’s usually hip-length with out a gore or gusset however with lengthy sleeves,” she added.
The exhibition additionally options equipment and private adornments that complement the kebaya wearer’s look, together with bangles, necklaces, cucuk sanggul (conventional hair pin), earrings, rings, brooches, pending (decorative belt buckle), and belts. – BERNAMA