The native Amboynese were immigrants of the Dutch East Indies, locally known as ‘Pak Boyan’. Back in the day, many were employed by the Baba household as servants.
At a Baba-Nyonya wedding, the Pak Boyan is tasked to carry ceremonial items such as lanterns that bear the groom’s family name, or silk umbrellas to shade the groom from the sun.
In recent times, Chinese labourers assumed the role. They were each given simple shirts and trousers over which, they wore a short sarong. Batik head cloths were also worn.