Name of Shop: Kebaya Shops in Jonker Street

Like the beaded shoe, the nonya kebaya has been described as traditional haute couture. I feel almost decadent each time I slip on a blouse with intricate embriodery and lacework because it takes hours of painstaking labour to make!

What To Buy: Melaka is the right place to buy the beautifully embroidered top that you see on the mannequin. Worn by the Peranankans on special occasions, each piece can fetch up to RM700 if the piece is hand embroidered on Swiss Voile. What To Pay: Expect to pay RM150-RM200 for a 'real' nonya top made on Swiss Voile. If not, go for the cheaper ones made of courser materials.


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