Although the national costume is not worn on a daily basis, it plays a very important role in the lives of the people, especially during the festive season. National dress will vary according to the ethnicity of the wearer. Here are the most popular traditional costumes today in Singapore:
1. Costume Nyonya Kebaya
According to documents left behind, Peranakans today are Chinese, or Baba-Nyonya, descendants of Chinese immigrants to Penang as well as Malacca and Singapore in the last century. Therefore, the main language of this group is Chinese-Malay.
In addition to preserving the characteristics of ancestors, the Peranakan community has established itself with a distinct identity in food, clothing, rituals, crafts and culture. Most Peranakan Chinese are not Muslims, but follow ancestor worship, and Chinese religion.
Singapore is famous for its gorgeous sarong kebaya
With the arrival of British colonialists, the Peranakans also quickly adapted to the new historical context, they learned English and spoke English very well. Today, they maintain both languages in harmony with a dynamic and rich Singaporean.
When immigrating to Singapore, they still keep Nyonya Kebaya costume of their ancestors. Then Nyonya Kebaya became the Singaporean costumes. According to the researchers, "Nonya" is an ancient Malay word used to show respect and love for women in high lever of society. So, to this day, Nyonya Kebaya attires to the glory of Asian women.
Nyonya Kebaya consists of a skirt and a long dress. In which the garment is trimmed sewing suits to embrace the Singaporean woman. Nyonya Kebaya is handmade costume which is in a very sophisticated and meticulous manner. This costume is worn on special occasions such as weddings, festivals ... Today, Nyonya Kebaya is innovative by young people when combined with jeans or pants. Short skirts for more widespread use in daily life such as walking on the street or at work.
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This costume comes from China and is preferred by Chinese-born women. The cheongsam is appeared from the Qing dynasty, which was worn by the females, with its hugging design and elaborately decorated neckline. In addition, the skirt body is high cut combined with high heels make the perfect choice for women.
3. Baju Kurung
Baju kurung is the traditional costume of a Malaysian woman in Singapore. The structure of the outfit consists of a large dress or sarong that stretches from hips to heels. They combine it with a long dress to the hip or knee. The design of this dress and skirt is simple, the colors are as elegant as the design of Islam.
Baju kurung, made from Swiss voile or kasa rubiah fabric
The traditional costume for Malaysian men in Singapore is Baju Melayu, which is a large shirt with trousers and a sarong around the waist which is called Sampan.
4. Baju Kebaya
Baju Kebaya is similar in style to Baju Kurung, including a long skirt and a long dress. But the long dress in Singapore's traditional dress is more elaborately decorated. The dress is decorated with patterns to embellish the dainty of the girl. The shirt is also tight and the wearer usually wears an extra layer of underwear. The dress of this outfit is similar to a sarong and is more elaborately decorated than Baju Kurung. The skirt is made of batik pattern fabric.
In Singapore, Indians often wear Saris on important occasions. This traditional outfit is extremely stylish and colorful. This is hand made outfit from high quality silk or cotton to keep the body cool. In order to make the outfit more sophisticated and luxurious they also wear the same shade with the same sparkling color.
Sari displays along an aisle in Tekka Centre
The traditional costumes have contributed to honor the charm of the "island Lion" culture. Traveling to Singapore, visitors can also buy the beautiful costume on the souvenir or as gifts. Each dress will remind visitors to a beautiful island and it will definitely be a meaningful gift for tourist.
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