Preserving the Peranakan Culture

“The Peranakan culture is similar to Singapore’s multicultural heritage in that it is an amalgamation of different cultures, such as Chinese and Malay, which creates a whole new culture that is unique in its own way.

I hope that by turning these Peranakan traditions and items into something that will interest the younger generation, they will be keen to learn more about the culture and help to preserve our heritage.”

– Gwendolyn Ong, 56 years old

Did you know that in the past, Nyonyas had to start learning how to sew beaded slippers from as young as 5 years old? This was to inculcate desirable values, such as patience and neatness, in the girls so that they would be worthy for marriage. For Gwen, it takes her about 1 to 2 months to complete a pair of beaded slippers. On top of doing bead work, she also designs jewellery, such as charm bracelets in the shapes of porcelain ware, and Peranakan beaded slippers.

Check out the video to see more of her porcelain ware collection, and interesting jewelry designs!

Check out the video here on Sunny Side SG Facebook Page

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