We went to the Sarong Kebaya Special Exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, which traces the evolution of the kebaya from its roots in 16th-century Islamic garments, and showed how Peranakan fashion was influenced by other communities, and eventually developed its own unique character.
The exhibit was smaller than I had expected, and due to the dim lighting, it was difficult to get good pictures with the iphone camera but here's a sneak peek.
Prints of childhood fairy tales on cloth.
Beautiful and intricate lacework.
Machine embroidery in progress.
Materials needed to make a kebaya.
Tidbits of information.
I like butterflies, but I never knew they stood for happiness, blessings and a long life, did you?
The special exhibition is on till 26 February 2012 so you might want to drop by the next open house.