If all communities had their own identity in traditional clothes, then Malacca would be the melting pot of diverse cultures in the era of the Malaccan Sultanate. The advent of Malacca as a cosmopolitan trading center in the 15th century saw not only gold being traded, but also textile materials such as silk and brocades.
The traditional communities of Malacca are unique in that they are much influenced by the Portuguese, Chinese, Indians, Malays of the Archipelago, as well as the Arabs, who flocked to its shores during the 15th century. The Baba and Nyonya traditional garments were actually a fusion of Malay and Chinese cultures. This was seen as early as the Malaccan Sultanate era with the visit of Hang Li Po, the legendary Chinese Princess.