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The Sarong Kebaya of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia

Chor Lin Lee

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

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The epical images on bas-reliefs of Javanese classical monuments such as Prambanan and Borobudur suggest that the courts of central Java preserved many facets of ancient society. Dress was one of them. Outside the ritual-bound context of these courts, dress changed dramatically. During the Hindu-Buddhist era (eighth to fourteenth centuries), women dressed predominantly in a style largely influenced by the Indian sojourners: Their shoulders were bare, their chests were wrapped in a continuous piec

Malaysia

Norwani Md. Nawawi

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

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The Malaysian population includes native inhabitants, as well as people originating from China, India, Portugal, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, all contributing to the variety of traditional Malaysian garments. During the first century c.e., Indian traders started exploring the Malay Peninsula. Many were skilled craftsmen and settled there, introducing Indian customs, including dress. China’s relations with the Malay Peninsula strengthened from about the sixth century c.e., as reflected in traditiona

The Fashion World of Southeast Asia

Edric Ong

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

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Each nation of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) since independence has been asserting its identity through dress. Many of these nations are multicultural, creating interesting blends, including Western styles. Contemporary Malaysian fashion reflects its people’s cultural diversity. Young Muslim girls wear jeans with head scarves rather than traditional dress. Batik textiles are undergoing a major revival, promoted by the Malaysian government. In Indonesia, designers have done m

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