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OLD PERANAKAN KEBAYA PINK CHAIN STITCHING c1930s-40s

OLD PERANAKAN KEBAYA PINK CHAIN STITCHING c1930s-40s


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This is an old Peranakan kebaya made of very thin cotton from c 1930s-40s. Chain stitching were applied to connect the arms and neck piece to the main body. This method is extremely labour intensive and consequently rarely applied, if at all, after the war. CONDITION: There are some tiny brown spots which I suspect are burn spots resulting from the hot ashes of joss-sticks which tend to float around the air when one holds them up during certain rituals. I could be wrong. This kebaya is pink, so the occasion of the ritual would be a happy one. The tiny spots ranges from less than 1 mm to the larges one of approximately 0.75 cm with hole of approximately 0.5 mm in the middle of it, on the lower waist, and the left and right of lower sleeves, lending some support to our theory that these marks were the result of hot floating ashes from joss-sticks held up high.