Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Toa Payoh, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tateanzur

Altar cloths, also known as tok wi in Hokkien, were used to decorate the fronts of Peranakan altars during Chinese New Year or other special occasions. Families traditionally used embroidered cloths made in southern China, which were often embellished with traditional auspicious motifs such as the dragon, qilin, Eight Daoist Immortals, or the Three Star Deities. In the early 20th century, some families began to commission altar cloths made from local batik.

These textiles produced on the north coast of Java featured traditional Chinese symbols while incorporating designs from Europe and Southeast Asia. Learn more about the auspicious motifs featured on Peranakan altar cloths and how they have been re-imagined and adapted to better suit the Peranakan community in this sharing session conducted by Mr Alvin Yapp, owner of a Singapore-based Peranakan heritage museum, The Intan.

Admission fees: Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs.

Visit Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall website or call 6256 7377 for more information.

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