30 Apr '17, 1pm

"He explains that in the 18th and 19th century, people were not too concerned with identifying with one another,...

"He explains that in the 18th and 19th century, people were not too concerned with identifying with one another,...

“It was really… it sort of destroyed all the illusions; it wasn’t Peranakan. The sarong kebaya is not Peranakan. It turns out it was a fashion that was worn by everybody in many parts of island Southeast Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand. Everybody contributed to this style. Over time it was sort of abandoned, and became perceived as being Malay, but actually it was worn by people of all communities, and everybody contributed some aspect to it… so it was sort of early globalised modern fashion, and it’s not really Peranakan at all. There is a late, sort of, contribution, in terms of design and motifs, but overall it’s part of a much bigger fashion story. A multicultural one too!”

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2017/04/almost-famous-dick-lees-brot...

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