Revealing The Kebaya: Past, Present, Future, and Beyond

Conversations  |  SEA Focus  |  Non-fiction  |  English  |  1 hr

18 Nov, Sat, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
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If there's one garment that brings Southeast Asia together, it's the kebaya. In light of the joint multi-national 2022 UNESCO nomination for the beloved traditional attire, we examine its historical and contemporary significance to the region and unravel how narratives of its provenance and heritage exist at the intersection of globalisation, feminism, and postcolonialism.

This programme is co-presented with the Singapore Book Council.


Baey Shi Chen is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies in Asia programme at the National University of Singapore. Her work focuses on cultural globalisation and the development of the local fashion industry along the lines of sustainability and social equity in Singapore and Asia, and its intersection with policy and urban futures. An English major by training, Shi Chen has also worked as a fashion journalist and a teacher.