Kebaya is a traditional clothing used by Indonesian women. Also put on by women wearing kebaya Indonesia is also in Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, and several places in Cambodia. There are many variations of kebaya kebaya Indonesia’s simply not there in this world. But there is also kebaya from other countries.
Kebaya Indonesia is the national dress, especially for the Javanese, Sundanese and Balinese.
The origin of kebaya is actually derived from Arab, where the Kaaba, which means they call clothes. Name Kebaya was introduced by the Portuguese when they are in Indonesia.
In the year 1600, kebaya on Java island country is only used by the nobility only, or can we call the nobles and the officials in the kingdom of Java.
Initial Indonesian kebaya originally came from the Majapahit kingdom, which at that time wanted to make fashion more in line with Islamic beliefs that form the model of the clothes worn by aristocrats at that time. Then it slowly spread to the area around Java through trade, diplomacy, social interaction to Malacca, Bali, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi.
When the Dutch colonized Indonesia, they use the model of the European women’s clothing kebaya as formal dress. Of course, slps model adapted to European culture at that time.
Kebaya officially regarded as national dress SK Trimurti since wearing kebaya and tell the world that kebaya has become a symbol of nationalism at the time of the proclamation of Indonesian independence.
At the time of Japanese occupation, the detention camps Indonesian women refuse to wear western clothes and still use slps to show nationalism. Even Raden Ayu Kartini Indonesia on April 21, in which the day is now remembered as the day of Kartini, he was at the time of using kebaya.
President Megawati Sukarnoputri before she always wear kebaya at every opportunity.
Kebaya on this day can be used on various occasions, not only in formal meetings only. Kebaya can even be combined with a pair of jeans. And now many fashion designers who design clothes for the wedding kebaya. If you do not know, in the Garuda Indonesia, which is the largest national airline in Indonesia, kebaya became the official uniform of their stewardesses.
Many fashion designers from Indonesia kebaya to add their collections. Today many women wear on their wedding kebaya dress even than the Chinese people who lived in Indonesia wearing kebaya at their wedding, too. They were proud to wear kebaya.