The history of Chinese migration to Malaya began with development of Malacca as a trading center, followed by Penang and Kuala Lumpur. The migrants brought with them goods for trading purposes as well as traditions, culture and dress style which were soon adapted to suit the local environment.
The traditional Chinese costume, originally styled in many layers of silk and fully embroidered with gold thread, is still worn today in much more simplified styling. To date, the long tunic, Cheongsam, Shanghai dress and Samfoo are still worn during certain festivities and gatherings. Produced in China, the costumes use silk fabric and colourful brocade including decorative gold and silver threadwork.