The Beauty of the Bridal Kebaya
Whether you’re from Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore or Indonesia, wearing a bridal kebaya is a great way for you to infuse your country’s culture into your modern wedding.
Most traditional women prefer the bridal kebaya over Western wedding dresses, not just because of the clothing’s cultural significance, but also due to the silhouette the dress creates. The right kebaya can easily accentuate your figure, giving you an incredibly feminine appearance.
Kebayas come in different colors and designs. The key to finding the perfect kebaya is looking at its embroidery or detailing. While most casual kebayas have simple floral embroidery, you will find more formal and intricate designs on kebayas with almost completely sheer jackets decorated only with delicate gold or silver embroideries.
The kebaya is definitely a great way for a bride to look her sexiest without revealing too much skin.
Historical and Cultural Significance of the Kebaya
History states that the kebaya was first worn by women in the northern parts of the Indonesian archipelago. In a short time, the use of the kebaya began to spread rapidly, until women from Sulawesi, Java, Malacca, Borneo and Sumatra began wearing this beautiful garment as well. Prior to the 1600’s, only women of privilege or female members of the Javanese monarchy were allowed to wear the intricate and delicate kebaya. Today, anyone and everyone can wear this beautiful garment.
Today, a variation of the kebaya called the “nyonya kebaya” has been introduced to the Western market. The nyonya kebaya traditionally refers to a dress that comes complete with beaded shoes and a sarong. Today, nyonya kebaya blouses are sold sans-accessories. These blouses can be worn with denim pants and slacks.
Although not as sophisticated as couture or bridal kebayas, nyonya kebaya blouse can be worn with a simple sarong, if you’re planning on having an outdoor or casual and intimate wedding.
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