History of Kebaya

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The origin of the word kebaya comes from the Arabic language, abaya which means clothing. It is believed that the kebaya used to come from an area of ​​China that was hundreds of years ago. Then the use of kebaya clothing began to spread from Malacca, Java, Bali, Sumatra, and Sulawesi.

Initially before 1600, the kebaya was a clothing worn by Javanese women, especially in the areas of Yogyakarta and Surakarta, Central Java. Like the clothing that is often used by R.A Kartini, it is a traditional kebaya from the Central Java area.

This is worn by all circles, both noble women and ordinary people, used as daily clothing or when there are certain events.


The complementary clothing of this kebaya is a cloth with a stiff texture or often called a kemben to cover the chest, a long cloth with a stagen wrapped around the stomach.

At certain events, the kebaya uses a series of pniti combined with a long batik-patterned cloth. Then the hair is tied up or in a bun and beautified with earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, and fans.