The kebaya is a traditional top worn in Southeast Asia and used by airlines including Singapore Airlines as part of their uniforms. Photo: Shutterstock
The kebaya is a traditional top worn in Southeast Asia and used by airlines including Singapore Airlines as part of their uniforms. Photo: Shutterstock
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Where does the kebaya come from? Clothing widely worn by women in Southeast Asia is nominated for Unesco intangible cultural heritage list

  • Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand have nominated the kebaya – widely worn by women in Southeast Asia – for Unesco’s intangible cultural heritage list
  • The move has ruffled feathers in Indonesia. People there say it’s where the kebaya originated and its neighbours are engaged in an act of cultural appropriation

The kebaya is a traditional top worn in Southeast Asia and used by airlines including Singapore Airlines as part of their uniforms. Photo: Shutterstock
The kebaya is a traditional top worn in Southeast Asia and used by airlines including Singapore Airlines as part of their uniforms. Photo: Shutterstock
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