Friday, 6 September 2013

Peranakan Museum, Singapore

Peranakans are descendants of Chinese ancestry living on the Malacca peninsula, otherwise known as the southern part of Malaysia and Singapore. They came from China as traders, originally in the 15th and 16th centuries. Intermarriage and prosperity followed, creating the group known today as Peranakans.

There's a nice museum to their heritage in Singapore, showing the usual artifacts of how houses were decorated and how the Peranakan community assimilated into the overall culture of Singapore.

The museum, housed in a restored historical building.

One thing Peranakans knew how to do was dress well.

The textiles were amazing, full of Chinese-influenced patterns and bright colors.

A nice contrast at the museum, using blank mannequins under the fabulous fabrics.

Porcelain, also showing a strong Chinese influence.

Sometimes you wonder what makes a culture so special. Spectacles?

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