The Kebaya is a traditional outfit that is still elegantly worn by women in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, southern Thailand, Cambodia and southern Philippines today. Due to the distinct cultural differences of each country mentioned, unique characteristics have emerged and are reflected on their respective versions of this garment.
In general, the Kebaya has been around for well over a century. It is believed to be influenced by the Arabian ‘abaya’ from hundreds of years ago. Today, it is widely accepted and well-suited for local formal functions.