Kebaya Nyonya is truly unique

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Baba Nyonya tradition, an interweaving of Malay and oriental traditions, is best described as a timeless culture, unique to Malaysia. 

A Kebaya Nyonya exhibition would be held at Balai Seni Lukis Negara from Feb 23 to 27 to thrust this centuries-old culture into the modern era. 

Deputy Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Endon Mahmood said the event would reintroduce the Kebaya Nyonya as a truly Malaysian heritage. 

UNIQUELY MALAYSIAN: Models (from right) Linda Tay, Lau Chiu Ling and Sheryl Ong greeting Endon Thursday. They are attired in Kebaya Nyonya during a press conference to publicise an upcoming exhibition featuring the private collection of the dress and accessories belonging to Endon.

It would reveal the finesse of traditional embroidery and a wealth of dazzling fabrics. A tribute to womanhood, the curvaceous kebaya complemented the feminine contours. 

“It is hoped that the exhibition would spark an interest and inspire the younger generation to appreciate traditional wear,” Endon told reporters at the National Art Gallery here yesterday. 

Organised by the National Art Gallery and Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia, the exhibition would be launched by Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali on Feb 23 in conjunction with the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Conference from Feb 20 to 25. – Bernama  

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