Yes, I’m writing a fashion post. I was so inspired by what I encountered at the Peranakan Mansion in Penang, that I felt my discoveries need their own post. If you read my previous post and checked out the photos, you immediately saw that the Peranakan culture is associated with a unique style. The architecture, colors and patterns, and choice of materials all showcase this blended heritage found in Malaysia and Singapore.
The Mansion has an extensive exhibit of beading, jewelry, and antiques just off the main manor house. The photo at the top of this post is one such example. It is a Chinese bridal crown to be worn by the bride on her wedding day.
I’ve put together a series of photos taken inside the mansion of beautifully crafted period clothing. These outfits are referred to collectively as a kabaya. The skirt (sarong) is a wrap and the tops are usually sheer as a camisole would be worn underneath. They are heavily embroidered and tops are commonly silk. This style is also associated with Indonesia (Bali) and the distinctive look of flight attendants for Singapore Airlines.