Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand will jointly nominate kebaya for inscription on UNESCO‘s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, local media reported on Wednesday.
Kebaya is a traditional form of women’s clothing in the region, which became very fashionable in the early 20th century and continues to be worn today.
It is, in essence, a long-sleeved, open-front top, traditionally made from a variety of fabrics and often known for being embellished with intricate embroidery.
The four countries agreed to work together on this nomination as kebaya represents and celebrates the shared history of the region and promotes intercultural understanding.
The four countries welcome other nations to join the nomination, which will be submitted in March 2023, with the result expected to be announced by the end of 2024. ■