Our female ancestors regarded the kebaya as their daily outfit, but in the ever changing fashion world, this beautiful traditional garment is now only worn on formal occasions. However, in the spirit of nationalism that has seen a revival during the last two decades, the kebaya has slowly re-established itself as a popular outfit for everyday affairs. Today, the kebaya is getting better known internationally and becoming a source of pride for our country, Indonesia. Anne Avantie is one of the great names behind the reintroduction of the kebaya in our daily lives.
STORY BY Barbara Hahijary PHOTO BY Anne Avantie Doc.