I was at the tailor’s (DN) again today, trying my engagement kebaya after DN has made some alterations. Though it’s romantically beautiful, I must admit it would look loads better on me if i had more meat on these bones!! Ugh, it dawned upon me that I look a stick-person or hanger wearing the outfit. Note to self : put on more weight before wedding. Anyway, while looking left and right at myself in front of the mirror, I suddenly thought of a recent blog pal of mine whom said she’d love to see what a kebaya looks like.

I love kebayas, and thus would like to share with you my love of this traditional Malaysian outfit.

A kebaya top is usually made of sheer material, with emboidered patterns or even made out of laced material and worn together with the skirt or sarong which is usually of batik design.

Kebayas comes in many different styles and colours, and can be worn during almost any occasion. From festive seasons to weddings, office wear to evening wear, and the kebaya top can even be worn with jeans for your everyday casual wear! It is something that will never go out of season. Truly an endless fashion statement.

So Indi, enjoy the various pictures of the kebaya that I’m putting up here 🙂 given the constraint of time, I was not able to get better pictures, these are from various websites. I’ll post up more beautiful kebayas when I have the time.



A closer look at embroidery details…

8 Comments on The Kebaya Story

  1. Hi, I found your site looking for good kebaya tailors. As you’re so fond of kebaya yourself, I’d be really grateful if you could recommend a few to me. I’m particularly interested in those in KL, but anywhere else would also be fine.My email is my nick (see below) at gmail. Thanks!

  2. Babes… not every kebaya top is sheer or see through lah. The ones I have are all normal silk/cotton. Awak sorang jer yang pakai see through sebab nak seksi 😛Huhuhu

  3. Babes… not every kebaya top is sheer or see through lah. The ones I have are all normal silk/cotton. Awak sorang jer yang pakai see through sebab nak seksi 😛Huhuhu

  4. Oh, beautiful! Thanx so much Twigs!We, don’t really have anything like that in our culture (Except for the Voortrekker kappie, wich is not really fashionable! Would not be caught dead in that, except at a fancy dress or something!)The other cultures in South-Africa, also have beautiful traditional wear, but are also so westernised, that it’s only worn at culture shows or special events.There are really only a handfull of tribes that still wear it for everyday.Then again, not all of it would look to great with jeans! LOLThere is a couple of young designers, who are trying to bring a African flair into everyday wear, and I must say.. I actually like it! I will be sure to post some pics on my blog, as soon as I have a moment! Keep your eyes peeled!And remember to post pics on your own kebaya!

  5. Oh, beautiful! Thanx so much Twigs!We, don’t really have anything like that in our culture (Except for the Voortrekker kappie, wich is not really fashionable! Would not be caught dead in that, except at a fancy dress or something!)The other cultures in South-Africa, also have beautiful traditional wear, but are also so westernised, that it’s only worn at culture shows or special events.There are really only a handfull of tribes that still wear it for everyday.Then again, not all of it would look to great with jeans! LOLThere is a couple of young designers, who are trying to bring a African flair into everyday wear, and I must say.. I actually like it! I will be sure to post some pics on my blog, as soon as I have a moment! Keep your eyes peeled!And remember to post pics on your own kebaya!

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