Kebaya and Kain panjang

Eliza van Zuylena. 1900 / 1900-10.

National Heritage Board, Singapore

National Heritage Board, Singapore
Singapore, Singapore

Eliza von Zuylen was said to have introduced the floral bouquet design (buketan) in batik sarongs, which influenced batik makers from all communities and became the most recognisable design in the twentieth century. Such batiks became extremely sought after throughout Dutch and British colonial settlements. Early designs, like this example, tended to be simpler sprays of flowers, often of just one variety. The swastika background was favoured by Peranakan wearers.


  • Title: Kebaya and Kain panjang
  • Creator: Eliza van Zuylen
  • Date Created: a. 1900 / 1900-10.
  • Location Created: Europe, Indonesia, Java, Pekalongan
  • Provenance: Kain panjang: Collection of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee
  • Type: Kebaya
  • Medium: Machine-woven cotton, machine-made net and broderie anglaise, cotton (drawn batik)

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