Kebaya becomes one of the Indonesian traditional clothes that are so popular to wear in women. It existed since the colonial era, which makes the icon of Indonesian beauty to those who wear it.
For so many years, Kebaya evolves in style and design from the oldest to the modern one. That is why there are so many types of Kebaya in Indonesia. Local cultures become one of the reasons why Kebaya comes in so many different types.
This time we will bring you into some of the most popular types of Kebaya in Indonesia. Let’s check them out below!
1. Kebaya Kartini
Kartini days on April 21st become the most precious moment for Indonesian women. As the country celebrated the day, every woman commonly wear the Kebaya to honor one of the most popular heroes in education, R.A. Kartini.
Most Indonesian believe that Kebaya Kartini was inspired by Kebaya that has been worn by Kartini along with her life. Nowadays, Kebaya Kartini comes in so many modern designs with a classic pattern as the icon of Kartini’s Kebaya.
From time to time, so many Indonesian designers create the new style of Kebaya Kartini with some patterns and colors. Not only focus on white color and plain design, but also creative patterns as the unique of traditional clothes of Indonesia.
2. Javanese Kebaya
Javanese Kebaya becomes the icon of Javanese traditional clothes for women. For the Javanese tribe, wearing Kebaya has its specific meaning, which appearance the true beauty of Indonesian women.
That makes sense if you saw in most Javanese weddings, the bride will prefer to wear Kebaya rather than a gown. Even so, most people choose the modern design that suits the most with their wedding or party style without expelling the essence of Javanese Kebaya design.
3. Sundanese Kebaya
Sundanese Kebaya becomes the icon of West Javanese traditional clothes for women. Such as the Javanese tribe, the Sundanese tribe also has their Kebaya with the almost same design but a different model.
Commonly, Sundanese Kebaya comes with a long tail on the back. More specifically, the side of the back of Kebaya has a longer size than the front. Once Sundanese women wear it, it looks so beautiful on them even they come with a simple design of Kebaya as a part of the culture of Sundanese.
Such as another Kebaya in Indonesia, Sundanese also wears Kebaya for a party, wedding, and some formal events. Some people admit that they feel more Indonesian once they wear Sundanese Kebaya.
4. Kebaya Encim
In Betawinese tribes, they have their popular Kebaya Encim that becomes their iconic traditional clothes from women. Kebaya Encim has more colorful in both color and flower patterns. Some of them even commonly wear for their traditional dances from Jakarta for some specific events.
Such as the Betawinese love colorful things, they also applied it to their Kebaya design. That makes the Kebaya give a more joyful vibe once you wear it. Some teenagers love their design the most with a simple design, color, and pattern.
Kebaya Encim used to also be popular to wear in Chinese-Indonesian women. As time goes by, Indonesian loves the colorful style that mixes with the embroidery pattern. That makes this type of Kebaya become so popular in Indonesian society not only for the Betawinese tribe and Chinese-Indonesian women.
5. Balinese Kebaya
If you ever visit Bali, you may get passing by some women wearing Balinese traditional clothes. In most Balinese rituals, Balinese Kebaya becomes one of the important traditional clothes to wear for women.
The type of Balinese Kebaya has a colorful type that combines with a shawl wrapped around their waist. They can choose their favorite colors which commonly people choose white for the dress and yellow or red for their shawl.
In Bali, women wearing Kebaya becomes a familiar look in their daily life as they have a pray daily. The clothes even become one of the etiquettes while visiting a temple in Bali. That becomes the unique culture of Balinese that different from other tribes in Indonesia.
6. Kutu Baru Kebaya
Kutu Baru Kebaya becomes one of the most popular types of kebaya in Indonesia. The design comes in a different pattern of common Indonesian Kebaya. Most traditional Kutu Baru should mix with wearing a Stagen.
Modern Kutu Baru kebaya doesn’t need a Stagen with a new pattern of its design without expelling the essence of the basic design. Most young women prefer to wear this type of Kebaya with a simple design and more colorful pattern.
7. Kebaya Jumputan
If you love tie-dye patterns, then Kebaya Jumputan is perfect for your choices. This type of Kebaya becomes so popular in Indonesia with the unique pattern in whole clothes. It has more colorful types that spread around the Kebaya.
Kebaya Jumputan is commonly loved by young women who can choose their favorite colors to wear. It doesn’t look like monotones that young women love the most. Moreover, it can come with some designs such as Kutu Baru Kebaya or Kartini Kebaya style.
8. Melayunese Kebaya
Melayunese Kebaya becomes one of the popular types of Kebaya in Indonesia. It spreads around Sumatra Island, which becomes the largest community of the Melayunese tribe.
Melayunese Kebaya comes with a big pattern and broch around the clothes. The site also has a longer type in the hands compared to other Kebayas in most of the Indonesian region. It combines with Sarong Songket as the icon of traditional clothes in most of Sumatra Island.
So, some of the most popular types of Kebaya in Indonesia become the most iconic traditional clothes for Indonesian women. Have you ever worn them all? Which one becomes your favorite?