Kebaya and sarong

Njonja Tang Sing Ing1910s /1920-1925

National Heritage Board, Singapore

National Heritage Board, Singapore

This kebaya features flowers and butterflies appliquéd on fine netting and a trim of broderie anglaise (white needlework with small holes). It is a rare kebaya with the maker's name. "Njonja Tan Kian Ling" was definitely a Chinese woman ('njonja' or nyonya, being a term for Mrs). The hand-drawn sarong was made in the atelier of Nyonya Tan Sin Ing of Sidoarjo, a pioneer female entrepreneur who created batiks in the Indo-European style for a select Peranakan Chinese market in Java. Her highly personal style is the result of a controlled palette, delicate drawing, and dense backgrounds filled with fine details.

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  • Title: Kebaya and sarong
  • Creator: Njonja Tang Sing Ing
  • Date Created: 1910s /1920-1925
  • Location Created: Europe, Indonesia, Java, Sidarjo
  • Provenance: Sarong: Collection of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee.
  • Type: Kebaya, Sarong
  • Medium: Kebaya: Machine-woven cotton voile and machine-made net and embroidery machine-made broderie anglaise. Sarong: Cotton (drawn batik)