via The Straits Times, 04 April 2023: Singapore launches a travelling exhibition on the Kebaya following its joint nomination to the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Other stories from Malaysian media linked below.
A travelling exhibition to highlight the significance of the kebaya as a form of shared cultural heritage across South-east Asia was launched on Tuesday, following its nomination in March to Unesco’s intangible heritage list.
The exhibition, Love, Kebaya, showcases six unique kebaya designs from local craftspeople as well as photographs of women wearing the garment. The women are from various ethnic groups here, including the Malay, Peranakan and Eurasian communities.
The series of photos acts as a visual timeline of the kebaya’s evolution across different eras, from its use in traditional performing arts and cultural festivals to being worn as casual and wedding attire.