~ racial harmony day: kebaya ~

18 July 2013

every 21st of July, schools in Singapore celebrate the Racial Harmony Day. it is the day to commemorate the 1964 Race Riot in Singapore. during this day, usually, the students wear their traditional clothes and bring traditional snacks and delicacies.

this year, the 21st falls on the weekend, so Aina’s school moves the Racial Harmony Day to today. just like last year, many of the kids were wearing Cheong Sam, Baju Kurung or Punjabi Suit. for the non-Singaporean students, they were encouraged to wear the traditional clothes from their countries. so, this year, aina wore the Kebaya.

aina in kebaya

earlier this year, Chili gave us this beauuuutiful hand-made Kebaya. the lace was delicate and intricate… the color was very light pink, almost white. it is very pretty. and at that moment, we all agreed that aina should wear this Kebaya on Racial Harmony Day.

even though Chili had reminded us to buy Batik cloth for the sarong part of the kebaya, i forgot all about it until a few days before the D-day. so one day prior to the Racial Harmony Day, i ended up making this franken-sarong out of aina’s batik baby nightgown and ari’s black old T-shirt. i tried to make the bottom wider, so that she can still run around in it.

we took one of aina’s tanktops, the light pink one, as the undergarment. unfortunately, the Kebaya was still a bit too loose on aina (she’s thin). Chacha made a suggestion to put on a belt/obi, so that the Kebaya will look more fitting. so, after digging through my stash, we found a very nice, light-colored fabric for the obi.

aina in kebaya
aina in kebaya

so, there she was, wearing a (kinda) Balinese style Kebaya, and loving it. she said it was a success, as many kids and teachers in her class asked her about the costume.

and, for me, it’s fun to see all the different and colorful costumes worn by the kids at school… they are so adorable!

aina in kebaya

~ comment (6) ~

Aww… Aina cantik! Simple but BEAUTIFUL!

ummu umar | 19 July 2013 - 04:20 | reply

aw, makasii niez!

thalia | 29 July 2013 - 06:40 | reply

Cantik dan anggun bangetttt ,ai….

marsha | 20 July 2013 - 11:55 | reply

hihihi, thank you! ntar ta’ bilangin ke ainanya :D

thalia | 29 July 2013 - 06:41 | reply

Thank you !! Aina is sooooo beautiful.Thank you for sharing with us.
One question please.
I’d like to buy this kebeyas for my 6 years old daughter as well. She’ll have an ASEAN performance
at school on the 13 of September 2013. We live in Thailand.
Is it possible to find one like this on any Singaporean on-line shopping website? Please give me some advice.I need to purchase it immediately. Thank you very much.

Joy Rujirek | 31 August 2013 - 11:29 | reply

hi Joy,

thank yoU! this kebaya is actually bought in Indonesia in a store that doesn’t have an online store.

but just now, i googled “kebaya online store”, and found a few stores (mostly on facebook) that sell these types of kebaya online. you might want to try google it too :)

hope that helps :)

thalia | 2 September 2013 - 12:12 | reply