Indonesia urged to join regional bid for Unesco’s cultural heritage nod

The kebaya is strongly associated with Indonesian and Javanese culture, and efforts have been made to popularise the government in the country. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
In Singapore, the kebaya is instantly recognisable as the uniform of SIA's Singapore Girl. PHOTO: ST FILE
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JAKARTA – Indonesia’s kebaya supporters are pushing for their country to join a multinational bid to nominate the traditional costume for Unesco’s intangible cultural heritage list.

More than a dozen kebaya cultural groups met in Jakarta on Tuesday to discuss whether Indonesia should join Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand in nominating the traditional costume for inclusion on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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