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PERANAKAN PURPLE KEBAYA WITH CHAIN STITCHING c 1930s


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This is an old kebaya with chain stitching, probably from the 1930s. It is made of what feels like soft, think cotton, with embroidery around the edges. Chain stitching are no longer used to connect the seams in newly made kebayas although the "hole embroidery" is still done today. Both are very labour consuming process. CONDITION: There are faint white blotching all over the cloth. I have tried to captured this on camera but it is really hard to do. Please inspect the few photos you can see here showing some of the white discolorations. They are pretty representative of the rest. If you would like to wear this for a more formal occasion, it might benefit from re-dying. It is structurally sound. I personaly wore my vintage Kebaya as is, with with all their faults (small holes, tears, burnt marks), although this is easier to get away with if paired with jeans and tank tops.