[ARTS & CULTURE]
FOM guided tours: Mon to Fri 11am – 2pm (English), Tues to Fri 10.30am (Japanese), every second Wednesday of the month 11.30am (French)
This intimate museum possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects. Galleries on three floors illustrate the cultural traditions and the distinctive visual arts of the Peranakans.
Nyonya Beadwork and Embroidery: Craft and Heritage (Through 31 March 2017)
FOM guided tours: Wed and Fri at 12.30pm
This exhibition explores the art of embroidery with glass beads, silk, and gold produced by and for Peranakans. The cosmopolitan nature of this rich artistic tradition will be revealed, recovering a history never recorded. The familiar look of the beaded slippers, purses, bed hangings, and embroidered handkerchiefs and kebayas of the Peranakan communities of Southeast Asia is the result of diverse Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, Dutch, and local Malay influences. The exhibition was curated by Dr Cheah Hwei-Fen, of the Australian National University.